Suicide is the act of taking one's own life by intentional self-harm or self-inflicted injury. Non-fatal self-inflicted injuries are more common, and not all self-inflicted injuries are suicide attempts.
In 2011, among Florida residents, there were 2,828 suicides and another 10,098 hospitalizations for non-fatal self-inflicted injuries. For additional suicide and self-harm data, please see the Florida Injury Surveillance Data System page.
On May 22, 2007, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed into law CS/HB 139 that created the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention. The law provided $150,000 for one year, to coordinate suicide prevention efforts statewide. The bill also created the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council. The council replaces the previous task force that was created in 2002, at the direction of then Governor Jeb Bush. The Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention is located within the Florida Department of Children and Families.
The Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention and the Coordinating Council work together to implement the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy. The Injury Prevention Program represents the Department of Health on this council.
For more information on the Statewide Office, or the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy, please contact the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention.