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      From the Desk of Palm Beach County Commissioner



      Steven L. Abrams: Suicide Prevention



         In response to the recent spike of                Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence.     Stop by today to meet your new best friend. The Animal
      high-profile suicides, it’s important                Expressing feelings of being trapped or hopeless.  Care and Control shelter is located at 7100 Belvedere Road,
      to know that there is help available.                Increasing use of alcohol or drugs.             West Palm Beach.
      Suicide is a serious public-health                   Changing normal routines, including eating or sleeping   Adoption Hours:
      problem and there is a concerted effort           patterns.                                          Monday – Friday      11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      by local and national organizations                  Engaging in risky or self-destructive behavior, such as   Saturday       10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      to increase prevention awareness and              using drugs or driving recklessly.                 Sunday               11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      overcome the stigma associated with                  Giving away belongings, or taking steps to get one’s      For more information or to view pictures of adoptable
      mental health illnesses.                          affairs in order.                                  animals online, please visit www.pbcgov.com/animal or call
         In Palm Beach County, the 211 HelpLine is the only 24/7      Saying goodbye to people in a manner that suggests they   561-233-1200.
      nationally accredited suicide and community hotline that   won’t be seen again.
      provides free and confidential crisis intervention, information      Displaying personality changes or extreme anxiety,   BCC Briefs.
      assessment and referrals to community services.   particularly when exhibiting some of the warning signs listed
         Reports indicate that individuals who contemplate suicide   above.                                   At the June 19th, 2018, Board of County Commissioners
      do not see how their decision will impact others. On average,      What you can do:                  meeting, the board took the following action:
      they will leave behind seven people as survivors, struggling in      If you suspect that a friend or loved one is contemplating      Transit Village – approved a two-year extension to an
      the aftermath. It’s the ninth leading cause of death in Florida   suicide, the following actions are recommended:  agreement with Transit Village, LLC (TV). The original
      and the 10th in the United States.                   Encourage the person to seek treatment. Ideally, the   agreement required TV close by August 13, 2018. This
         If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know,   individual should consult a doctor or mental-health provider.   extends the closing date to August 2020, on the condition a
      dial or text 2-1-1.                               But, if he or she is unwilling to do so, suggest reaching out   kickoff meeting is held by August 13th, 2018.
         Here are Common Warning Signs and ways to help   to a support group, crisis center or faith community. Locally,      Property Appraiser – received a presentation from Palm
      someone who might be contemplating suicide:       dial 2-1-1 or reach out to the National Suicide Prevention   Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks on property
         Talking about suicide – for example, making statements   Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).       values in Palm Beach County.
      such as “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead,” or      Help the person get assistance. For example, you can      Revenue Bonds – authorized the issuance of up of to
      “I wish I hadn’t been born.”                      research treatment options, make phone calls, review health   $13 million in county revenue bonds for the Benjamin
         Obtaining the means to commit suicide, such as buying   insurance benefit information or take the person to an   Private School and to conduct a Tax Equity and Fiscal
      a gun or stockpiling pills.                       appointment.                                       Responsibilities Act (TEFRA) public hearing. No county
         Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left      Facilitate open communication. Be supportive and   funds nor its faith, credit or taxing power are involved.
      alone.                                            understanding. Also, listen attentively and avoid interrupting.     Surplus Property – approved the conveyance of the
         Exhibiting mood swings, such as being exuberant one day      Be respectful of the person’s feelings. Even though   county’s interest in three small parcels of surplus property
      and depressed the next.                           someone who is suicidal isn’t thinking logically, the emotions   with reservation of mineral and petroleum rights, but without
                                                        are real. Not acknowledging how the person feels can curtail   rights of entry and exploration: .13 acre in Pahokee to Larance
                                                        communication.                                     Ford for $861.43; .14 acre on Edham Drive in West Palm
                    EF                                    that “things could be worse” or “you have so much to live   Beach to Tiger Real Estate Development, LLC for $5,000;
                                                           Don’t be patronizing or judgmental. Instead of contending
                                                                                                           and .21 acre improved with a 1,232-square-foot manufactured
                                                        for,” ask questions such as, “What would make you feel   home to the city of Belle Glade.
                                                        better?” or “How can I help?”                         Ag Reserve – approved the extension of three lease
                                                           Never promise to keep someone’s suicidal feelings a   agreements to 2053 for county-owned property located in
                                                        secret. The reason is simple. If you think that the person’s   the Agricultural Reserve: a 10-year extension on 262 acres
                                                        life is in danger, you’ll have to get help.        with Bedner Farms; a 22-year extension on 195 acres with
                                                           Offer reassurance. Emphasize that, with appropriate   T&D Cattle Company and Exotics; and a 28-year extension
                                                        treatment, he or she will feel better about life.  on 938 acres with Bowman Growers. These properties are
                                                           Encourage the person to avoid alcohol and drugs. Using   currently leased back at a rate of $500 per acre per year to
                                                        drugs or alcohol can lead to reckless behavior and increase   continue farming operations and will be periodically adjusted
                                                        depression.                                        to fair market value as determined by appraisal.
                                                           Take Action.                                       Roads – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise
                                                           If you think that someone is in danger of committing   for public hearing on July 10th mid-year modifications to the
                                                        suicide or has actually made a suicide attempt:    county’s five-year road program.
                                                           Trust your instincts even though you may worry that      Fire Rescue – adopted an ordinance authorizing the levy
                                                        you’re overreacting. When someone’s life is potentially at   and collection of a special assessment for charges billed to
                                                        stake, that’s a risk worth taking.                 the county by the city of Riviera Beach for maintenance of
                                                           Don’t leave the person alone.                   fire hydrants located in unincorporated areas of the city.
                                                           Try to find out if he or she is under the influence of alcohol      Utility Easements – continued to the August 14th meeting
                                                        or drugs, or may have taken an overdose.           approval of utility easements for FPL, AT&T Florida, Comcast
                                                           Call 911.                                       and the city of Boca Raton over a 24-foot-wide portion of the
                                                           If these options above aren’t possible, dial 2-1-1 locally   Canary Palm Drive right of way in the Golf Vista PUD.
                                                        or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-     Palm Tran – approved the filing of an FY-2017 grant
                                                        273-TALK.                                          application with the Federal Transit Administration for
                                                           Suicide has no social or economic boundaries. Most   capital funds in the amount of $16.158 million. This is a
                                                        suicidal people desperately want to live; they are just   cost reimbursable agreement with an anticipated start date
                                                        unable to see alternatives to their problem. The American   of October 1, 2017, and an anticipated end date of April
                                                        Association of Suicidology (AAS) reports that:     10th, 2022. An upward budget amendment of $519,364 was
                                                           For the U.S. population as a whole, suicide is the 10th   approved to reconcile the adopted budget to the grant award.
                                                        leading cause of death. On average, one suicide occurs      Financially Assisted Agencies  –  approved  FY-2019
                                                        every 11.7 minutes in the United States. Nationally, we lose   funding allocations of $1.615 million for the Domestic
                                                        approximately 123 individuals to suicide a day.    Abuse/Sheltering and Homelessness service category and
                                                           For teens and young adults, suicide is the second leading   $11.255 million for the Behavioral Health and Special Needs/
                                                        cause of death (behind accidents that are first, and homicides   Developmental Disability, Economic Stability/Poverty,
                                                        that are third). These disturbing facts are real. Please use this   Senior Services, and non-competitive service categories
                                                        information and seek help for yourself or someone you may   under the Financially Assisted Agencies program.
                                                        know who may be in danger of committing suicide.      Water Utilities – authorized consultant services in the
                                                           The above information was obtained at www.211palmbeach.  amount of $142,220 with Urban Design Studio for the
                                                        org where you will find more information on suicide   Water Treatment Plant 8 expansion project to provide for
                                                        prevention, crisis intervention, elder crisis outreach, health   the combining and re-zoning of seven contiguous county-
                                                        advocacy and so much more.                         owned parcels totaling 58.62 acres. The approvals will allow
                                                           The Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control     for future development of a membrane treatment facility at
                                                        shelter is at critical capacity, with no empty kennels   the plant, incorporate the existing drainage of Jog Road, and
                                                        available for new pets coming in.                  allow for the development of a county-owned neighborhood
                                                           Approved adopters will receive a lifetime of unconditional   park adjacent to Cam Estates. Commissioners agreed to name
                                                        love and much more. All pets adopted from the shelter are   the new park in honor of Commissioner Paulette Burdick.
                                                        spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped,      Service Awards – recognized and congratulated 216
                                                        have a current county license tag, and are sent home with a   county employees for their long-term service to the county.
                                                        free bag of Science Diet pet food. In addition, pet owners   Honorees included County Administrator Verdenia Baker,
                                                        receive a health care certificate worth $500 in savings for   30 years, and Palm Tran bus operator Thomas Romano, 40
                                                        their new pet.                                     years.
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