Sometimes life doesn't quite go as planned and when my brother of 15 years old decided to take his life... We didn't know how to react, what to do or how to feel... Complete devastation and horror swept through my family like a plague filled with unexplainable grief. Within hours of getting the life-altering news, first responder, Jackie Rosen, CEO of FISP walked through our doors with love, compassion and guidance. The butterfly on her shoulder gave me a glimpse of hope that we were going to make it through... That was almost five years ago. Since then, FISP has created and taken part in many events, seminars and initiatives that have changed the lives of countless people. With the intention of erasing the stigma on suicide and educating people on the importance of being aware of the signs of suicide, substance abuse and mental illness, people every where are receiving the help they need to survive. One of my favorite initiatives that FISP started is the HOPE Sunshine Clubs for middle and high school students. My brother's school was the first to have a HOPE Club and since then, more than 50% of high schools in Broward County have a HOPE Club. I myself am a high school teacher and it has been the perfect opportunity for me to help students that share the same feelings that my brother silently felt. I have the advantage to reach students at my school and provide them with a club that provides education on the importance of knowing the signs of suicide, how to help those in need and why we need to be kind to one another. I know this club has and will help more students then I will ever know, but in the end... The HOPE Club has also helped to save me. Thank you FISP for your relentless efforts and unwavering vision to help people who are suffering. Lots of LOVE to everyone at FISP, you have changed my life!
FISP has been a major force for help and healthy change since its inception due to the tireless efforts of all the volunteers who give their all to save lives. FISP has stood the test of time with careful well-designed programs and initiatives, never giving up and always striving to help more and more people.
I last reviewed FISP back in June, 2011. They've grown alot since then. Today their programs include school-age children and seniors and everyone inbetween. Their Hope Club program is for school aged children and deals with bullying, insecurities, fears confronted growing up, etc.They conduct seminars on Saving a Life. Also, Jackie Rosen, the CEO of FISP works with the police and fire departments in helping the officers with the very sensitive job of handling suicide. FISP is well-respected in the mental health area.
Having been a volunteer and board member of FISP for almost ten years it is a pleasure to share my thoughts and feelings about this wonderful organization. I will always remember the moment I was asked to become a board member. My eyes opened WIDE and I exclaimed, "Really?" My excitement stemmed from my highest regard for Jackie and Harry Rosen, the Principals of FISP. I could not easily grasp how they had overcome their sadness and grief in order to help others. That, in fact, is what Jackie and Harry are about: Helping Others.
And do they ever! Jackie will put in an 80 hour week and at the end quietly wonder, "Why am I so tired?" I don't know anyone quite like her, for not only does she put in the time, she possesses a disposition of empathy, kindness and understanding. Harry is the "Wind beneath our Wings." We look to him for "the word" for we all have tremendous respect for his knowledge and ability to "Talk softly...but carry a big stick" - Roosevelt. Harry can take two opposing sides and have them see each other's point in no time. Together Jackie and Harry Rosen are a win/win team! And I feel such pride to be on their team. It is an honor.
I got involved with FISP as a suicide attempt survivor. Under the guidance of Jackie Rosen I have been inspired to help others who have or are struggling with depression and suicidal ideation. FISP is a fantastic organization that is committed saving lives!
Doug Russell - Events/Social Media
An amazing group to work with..Much different than other non-profits because of the grass roots work and direct involvement with the community, survivors , schools and other agencies as well.
I found FISP during a search for non profits to volunteer for. I have suffered from depression, anxiety, ptsd and am a suicide attempt survivor. Jackie Rosen is an angel and has allowed me to volunteer full time to help save lives. I know destiny put us together and I am so proud to work with FISP and be a friend of Jackie's.
Speaking from the perspective as the founding executive director of FISP, Jackie Rosen has continued to develop FISP and provided the leadership in suicide prevention that is needed in Florida. She has always been a committed volunteer, board member and now executive director, and has brought success to the mission of this very special non-profit organization.
Founding Executive Director
Hon. Board Member