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Beginning of suicide column2-1-1 Brevard communications manager Belinda Stewart’s column on Sept. 12 in Florida Today kicked off a partnership to raise awareness of mental illness in Brevard County.
Since the column (READ IT HERE) was published, the date of Oct. 9 was selected for a roundtable discussion among experts – from professional or personal experience.
“I was thrilled that people who saw the column contacted me with an interest in participating,” Stewart said. “Plus, people are readily accepting our invitation.”


In August 2014, helpline specialists at 2-1-1 Brevard logged 94 calls as “suicide prevention/intervention.” That’s up from 29 in August 2013.
August 2014 Snaphot


2-1-1 Brevard’s pilot program to allow “chat” interaction between helpline specialists and those who are seeking help will end next week (Oct. 2), unless additional funding is received.
“Chat” is available 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays by clicking here.


logoFor September, 2-1-1 Brevard staff visited the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Economic Self-Sufficiency Office in Rockledge.
David Jeczala, DCF community partner liaison for the 18th Judicial Circuit, talked about eligibility for assistance, including food stamps, and the methods for application. Then the group visited the ACCESS center in Byrd Plaza in Cocoa, where applicants can use computers, telephones and document scanners.
2-1-1 Brevard made 1,259 referrals to DCF in 2013, most for food stamps.
Next up: Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Center.


By The Numbers

  • 39,497: Number of calls answered in 2012-13
  • 44,126: Number of referrals made in the year
  • 36: Percent of referrals made for basic needs, such as food
  • 22,071: Number of visits to online database


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