Suicide Prevention

Suicide, a major public health problem, is tragic and costly for Georgians. The burden of the problem of suicide in Georgia is more completely portrayed in the new report, Suicide in Georgia, 2005, as it contains data on deaths, hospitalizations and emergency room visits for self inflicted injury and associated costs.

From the Suicide in Georgia, 2005 report:

  • In 2002, 900 persons died, 2800 were hospitalized and 5400 visited hospital emergency departments because of intentionally self-inflicted injuries.
  • These injuries resulted in approximately $40 million in hospitalization and emergency room charges.
  • Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death for all Georgians and the third most common cause of death among youth 15-24 years old and young adults 25-34 years old.
  • Firearms were the most common method of suicide for both men and women, and young and old.

Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL)


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

For further information contact:

Travis Fretwell
OBHP Director
Phone: 404-657-2315
Fax: 404-657-2160

Barbara Dorman
Executive Assistant
Phone: 404-232-1251
Fax: 404-657-2160

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