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FGCU Invites Survivors of Suicide Loss to Connect with Others During National Broadcast Nov. 18

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites survivors of suicide loss to connect with other survivors in the local community and online during the Eighth Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day, noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 in 110 Academic Building III.

Designed to provide an empowering and healing environment, FGCU joins over 100 conference sites nationwide that are participating in the live national broadcast by satellite and on the World Wide Web, allowing survivors to share their experiences of loss.

The event features a panel discussion with survivors and experts including:

ˇ Virginia Cervasio, executive director and president for Community Awareness in Recognizing and Educating on Suicide, or C.A.R.E.S

ˇ Michael Early, Licensed Clinical Social Worker of Naples

ˇ Pat Scoones, founder of the J. Timothy Hogan Foundation

ˇ Teresa Tate, chief executive officer and founder of Survivors of Law Enforcement Suicides, or SOLES

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention estimates that annually 30,000 people die by suicide. All of them leave behind loved ones and friends. For some survivors, National Survivors of Suicide Day is the first time they will share their grief, reach out for support and support others.

The free event is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ( and locally hosted by the FGCU College of Professional Studies Division of Social Work. Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged.

For more information, contact Carmen G. Pérez at (239) 590-7828 or

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