Suicide Prevention

Suicide is defined as “death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with an intent to die as a result of the behavior,” whereas a suicide attempt is defined as “a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with an intent to die as a result of the behavior” that “might not result in injury” (CDC, 2016). The two characteristic features of suicide deaths and attempts are that they are self-directed and include an intent to die.

In Georgia, 2012-2014 data places suicide in the top 10 leading causes of death for individuals ages 10-64. Although suicide is not in the top 10 leading causes of death for individuals ages 65-85+, the suicide rate for individuals ages 65-85+ between 2012-2014 is still higher than the rate for individuals ages 10-64, showing suicide as a significant problem in all age groups 10-85+ (CDC WISQARS).

  • Suicide is the:
    • 2nd leading cause of death in Georgia for individuals ages 25-34,
    • 3rd leading cause of death in Georgia for individuals ages 10-14 and 15-24,
    • 4th leading cause of death in Georgia for individuals ages 35-44 and 45-54,
    • 10th leading cause of death in Georgia for individuals ages 55-64.
  • The suicide rate for individuals ages 65-85+ is 16.39 per 100,000 people, as compared to the suicide rate for individuals ages 10-64 at 13.83 per 100,000 people (CDC WISQARS).

Suicide is a tragic and costly public health problem, both in the U.S. and in the state of Georgia.
According to state data from the Georgia Department of Public Health (OASIS),

  • In 2015, 1,274 persons died from suicide; in 2014, 1,265 persons died from suicide.
  • In 2014, 3,356 persons were hospitalized and 6,468 persons visited hospital emergency rooms for suicidal behaviors.

According to CDC WISQARS data for the state of Georgia,

  • In 2010, nonfatal hospitalized injuries and emergency department treated and released injuries with the intention of self-harm resulted in approximately $10.4 billion in combined medical costs and work loss costs.
  • Over the ten-year period of 2004-2013, firearms were the mechanism used for 6,308 of 10,221 (61.7%) suicide deaths, regardless of race, sex, or age.

(Updated 9/2/2016)

Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL)

GCAL

Individuals in need of services should contact GCAL at 1-800-715-4225 or www.mygcal.com to obtain access to care.

For further information contact:

Travis Fretwell
OBHP Director
Phone: 404-657-2315
Fax: 404-657-2160
travis.fretwell@dbhdd.ga.gov

Barbara Dorman
Executive Assistant
Phone: 404-232-1251
Fax: 404-657-2160
barbara.dorman@dbhdd.ga.gov

Prevention Activities

Suicide Education & Training Projects

Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grants

Georgia's Suicide Prevention Information Network (GSPIN)

 

Additional Resources

Department Of Education’s Suicide Prevention Related Information

Suicide Prevention Resource Center