World Suicide Prevention Day Collaborators, Suncoast Mental Health Center and Martin Health System will offer a free, community-wide event on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Port St. Lucie Community Center on Airoso Boulevard in Port St. Lucie. The symposium will feature expert speakers in the area of suicide prevention and awareness and is geared to families, service providers, educators, and interested community members.
In its third year, Suncoast Mental Health Center, along with their partners at Martin Health System, will offer the morning-long symposium in their efforts to increase awareness for mental health concerns that may increase suicidal tendencies and ideations. This year, Steven Parr, DO, Director of Emergency Medicine at Martin Health System Tradition Medical Center and St. Lucie West; Lisa Cerveniak, Public Relations expert and suicide attempt survivor; and Sharmaine LeFleur, MA and therapist at Suncoast Mental Health Center, will speak on suicide rates, ideations and tendencies as well as share their personal experiences in an effort to take a minute, save a life, the theme of this year's program.
"We are planning an exceptional morning of awareness and education for everyone in our communities. This killer affects so many individuals, that nearly everywhere I go, someone shares that they, or a loved one, or friend, have had an attempt or know someone who has. We want the community to know there is help available. We will help. No one has to suffer in silence." said Debra Scuderi, M.S. Acting CEO at Suncoast Mental Health Center.
Overall, it is estimated that during 2012 for each adult who died of suicide there were over 20 others who made suicide attempts. The psychological pain that leads each of these individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. Connectedness is crucial to individuals who may be vulnerable to suicide. Studies have shown that social isolation can increase the risk of suicide and, conversely, that having strong human bonds can be protective against it. Reaching out to those who have become disconnected from others and offering them support and friendship may be a life-saving act. World Suicide Prevention Day is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), a global association of academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors from over 50 countries who are devoted to preventing suicidal behavior and alleviating its effects.
Suncoast Mental Health Center is a 501(c)(3) organization serving the behavioral and mental health needs of residents of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties since its establishment in 1998. Suncoastâ€™s therapists and case managers offer psychiatric and community-based care in the schools and homes of its clients, as well as in their offices in Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, Stuart, and Okeechobee.
Suncoast Mental Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.