Suicide Prevention

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health of Developmental Disabilities Office of Behavioral Health Prevention is aware that the second season “13 Reasons Why” television series will become available on Netflix May 18, 2018. Following the first season of this series, our experts fielded questions about the content of the show and available resources for individuals in need of services. If parents permit or young people elect to watch this series, we encourage them to do so with an adult and utilize our “Spot the Signs, Talk About It, and Get Help” tool. This may be an opportune time for staff, parents, and any suicide prevention stakeholders to promote discussions on the topic and provide resources for identifying warning signs, guidelines for talking about it, and avenues for getting help. Individuals in need of services should contact GCAL at 1-800-715-4225 or www.mygcal.com to obtain access to care.

 

Resources
13 Reasons Why Press Release
AFSP Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why
Reducing the Risk
SAVE Statement on 13 Reasons Why

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.

(Updated 5/8/2018)

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.

The Suicide Prevention program within the Office of Behavioral Health Prevention, Division of Behavioral Health at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is committed to preventing deaths by suicide in the state of Georgia.

Through a multi-faceted approach of evidence-based prevention trainings, intervention activities, and postvention strategies, the office of Suicide Prevention works with federal and state agencies, community partners, contractors, non-profit organizations, educators, clinicians, and law enforcement to mitigate suicide attempts and suicide deaths.

  • Suicide Prevention Initiatives and Programs
  • Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention and Postvention Consultation and Technical Assistance
  • Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan Guidance and Adherence
  • Strategic Suicide Prevention Trainings for Clinicians, Educators, and Law Enforcement
  • Strategic Suicide Prevention Trainings for General Public and Suicide Survivors
  • Assist with Suicide Prevention Coalition Capacity Building and Support
  • Implementation of Workplace Suicide Crisis Protocols
  • Suicide Prevention Policy Guidance and Adherence
  • Postvention Training and Technical Assistance Support
  • Statewide Partnership with Georgia Department of Education
  • Promotion of Zero Suicide in Behavioral Health Care

Several Georgia organizations have come together to produce a series of public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at youth helping youth.

The PSAs include survivors who have attempted suicide and bravely share their stories in dealing with depression, anxiety, and other adolescent issues. Others offer hope and support in this peer-to-peer message to children who may be at risk.

DISCLAIMER: These videos contain descriptions of suicidal feelings and behaviors of youth by youth. These descriptions may cause discomfort and/or trigger suicidal thoughts in some people.  The phone number for the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (1-800-715-4225) is shared on each video for quick access to professional help 24 hours a day.

The PSAs are a continuation by the Georgia Child Fatality Review (GCFR) Panel to raise awareness of youth suicide.  Joining GCFR in this prevention effort are Voices for Georgia’s Children, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Family and Children Services, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

For further information contact:

Walker Tisdale III, MPH, MA, LMSW
Suicide Prevention, Director
Office of Behavioral Health Prevention
Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
2 Peachtree St., NW Suite 22-483
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-657-2362
 
 

To effectively and efficiently respond to technical assistance (TA) requests related to program information, training requests, post-vention needs, etc. we request that you download the TA request form, complete it fully and email it directly to the Suicide Prevention Director.   

 

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