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FISP Mission

The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, Inc. (FISP) is committed to the prevention of suicide by helping to alleviate those factors in society contributing to feelings of alienation, desperation, isolation, helplessness, and hopelessness through Education, Support, Advocacy, and Research.

FISP Vision

FISP's vision is to HELP STOP SUICIDE by offering help to all those who suffer or are contemplating suicide and to all those who are effected by the suicide of a loved one, by providing the alternatives of hope, support, and resources.

FISP’s Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Five families, who lost children to suicide and met in a support group in 1987, gathered together and started the organization that has now become the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, Inc.   This grass roots 501 (c) (3) non-profit volunteer organization has accomplished amazing things in suicide prevention in the state of Florida.  Over the last 11 years, FISP has provided services to over 40,000 Floridians.  Those services include educational programs for 15,000 people in all sectors of our community, survivor services to 12,200 people, research and delivery of our “Solutions  Unlimited Now” SUN Program to 2,500 individuals, including over 2000 youth, young adults and seniors. FISP is proud of its involvement and participation as a founding member of the Governor's Task Force for Suicide Prevention,  Florida Suicide Prevention Task Force, which led to the adoption of the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy 2005-2010, in which FISP is listed as a contributing participant (we helped to write it) for the years of 2005-2010.  As the result of FISP's participation in all these organizations, the legislature passed the bill in 2007 creating the Office of Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council, on which FISP serves as a voting member. In the last 12 months, FISP has educated 565 people at suicide prevention presentations, supported 200 survivors of suicide, and increased our Survivor’s support groups from 3 to 5.  FISP provided the FISP SUN Program to 140 teens and 40 adults.  FISP’s new partnership with the Prestige Club enabled us to provide 150 school children with FISP’s six week in-school curriculum that teaches problem solving, coping, and communication skills, bullying and drug prevention, and anger management as part of the Hoot Camp Program.  In the coming months we will be serving hundreds more students with this program. FISP’s past is filled with service to our community.  Our future, with our community’s support, will be about expanding those services to fulfill our mission and vision.

FISP’s History

In 1987 Jackie Rosen, our Executive Director/CEO was instrumental in starting a chapter and support group of the international organization Compassionate Friends.  This organization is for parents whose child has died.  In that chapter there were five families that had each lost a 24 year old child by suicide. After their meetings those families would stand in the parking lot talking about how they needed a group that dealt with the specific type of loss due to suicide.  So they got together and one of the mothers started the group that has now become the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention. This grass roots organization has accomplish amazing things in suicide prevention in the state of Florida.  Over the last 10 years FISP has provided educational programs for 15,000 people in all sectors of our community, provided survivor services to 10,200 people, researched and delivered our “Solutions  Unlimited Now” SUN Program to 2,000 individuals including over 1800 youth. FISP’s is proud of its’ involvement and participation as a founding member of the Governor's Task Force for Suicide Prevention, Florida Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition.  As the result of FISP's participation in all these organizations the legislature passed the bill in 2007 creating the Office of Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council.  FISP was then designated by that statute to be a voting member of the Florida Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council and continues to serve on that Council today. For the last eight  years Jackie Rosen as the Executive Director/CEO of FISP has served on that council since it's creation and helped implement the State Suicide Prevention Strategy.  The Council is charged with the duty of reducing the suicide rate throughout Florida by cooperating with various agencies and organizations to implement the Florida State Suicide Prevention Strategy through to educate, legislate and create programming to reduce the rate of suicide in Florida. FISP now  serves on the Board of the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, the Broward County Comprehensive School Advisory Committee, Broward Florida Health Department Outreach Committee  and the United Way Weston Alliance for Youth Committee. Go to the Legislative page to read more about what has been accomplished.