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

Suicide Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Request Form