Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention PSA

DBHDD’s Suicide Prevention program 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 Facts
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 people died from suicide
•  In 2014, 1,265 people died from suicide
•  In 2014, 3,356 people were hospitalized
•  In 2014, 6,468 people visited hospital emergency rooms for suicidal behaviors.


Suicide Prevention Initiatives and Programs
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. Our initiatives include:

•  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
•  Assistance 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

Suicide Education & Training Projects
House Bill 198
Recommended Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Programs for School Systems
Department of Education's Suicide Prevention Related Information
Georgia's Suicide Prevention Information Network (GSPIN)

Youth Helping Youth Fight Suicide
Several Georgia organizations have come together to produce a series of public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at youth helping youth. The messages 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.

These 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.

Request Suicide Prevention Training & Technical Assistance
In order to effectively and efficiently respond to technical assistance requests related to program information, training requests, postvention needs, etc. we request that you download the TA request form, complete it fully and email it directly to the Suicide Prevention Director at Walker.Tisdale@dbhdd.ga.gov

Additional Resources
Department Of Education’s Suicide Prevention Related Information
Suicide Prevention Resource Center

For further information, contact:
Walker Tisdale III, MPH, MA, LMSW
Suicide Prevention, Director
404.657.2362
Walker.Tisdale@dbhdd.ga.gov