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Survivor Jordan Burnham gives “A Lesson on Living”

Erin N. Procacci, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and coordinator, SAMHSA Campus Suicide Prevention Grant; Jordan Burnham, Suicide Attempt Survivor and Speaker from Active Minds; Scott Poland, Ed.D, CPS associate professor and director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office; Grace Carricarte, M.S. Ed., Executive Director of The Ganley Foundation.

More than 100 people attended, “A Lesson on Living,” an event to increase suicide awareness and prevention. It was hosted by NSU’s Office of Suicide and Violence Prevention and sponsored by a local non-profit, The Ganley Foundation.  Jordan Burnham, a suicide attempt survivor and speaker from Active Minds, was the featured presenter at this event. As a self-proclaimed overwhelmed overachiever who continues to struggle with depression, Jordan jumped out of a ninth story window three years ago and barely survived. Now, he works with groups to raise awareness about the issues of suicide and depression.

Suicide is a tremendous public health issue. In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college students and the 3rd leading cause of death for high school students. Unfortunately, only about 1/3 of individuals who struggle with depression and/or thoughts of suicide receive help. Consequently, it is extremely important to become better educated about the warning signs, the many resources available, and the importance of taking action. The only real risk is in doing nothing.

Erin Procacci from NSU’s Office of Suicide & Violence Prevention and Center for Psychological Studies encouraged attendees to use the resources that are available both on campus (Henderson Student Counseling and the Employee Assistance Program) and in the local community. Grace Carricarte, from The Ganley Foundation, and Laurie Sallarulo, from Broward 2-1-1, shared information about community resources.

The event was covered by Nicole Maristany from CBS 4 and can be viewed by visiting:

CBS 4 newscast: http://cbs4.com/video/?id=102267@wfor.dayport.com
CBS 4 online: http://cbs4.com/local/teen.space.Jordan.2.1972591.html

Erin N. Procacci, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and coordinator, SAMHSA Campus Suicide Prevention Grant; Grace Carricarte, M.S. Ed., Executive Director of The Ganley Foundation; Jordan Burnham, Suicide Attempt Survivor and Speaker from Active Minds; Scott Poland, Ed.D, CPS associate professor and director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office Deborah Mulligan, MD FAAP FACEP, and director, Institute for Child Health Policy; Laurie Sallarulo, Vice President of Development for Broward 2-1-1.

Later that day, Deborah Mulligan, M.D., FAAP FACEP, director of the Institute for Child Health Policy, welcomed Scott Poland, Ed.D, CPS associate professor and director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office, Burnham, and Sallarulo to speak to nurses and physicians at the 3rd Annual Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Conference hosted by NSU’s Institute for Child Health Policy.

For more information, help, or resources on suicide prevention, please visit: www.nova.edu/suicideprevention