The GBI’s Child Fatality Review Unit has received 23 cases of suicide-related deaths of children under the age of 18 in 2018. For every young person who dies by suicide, national statistics indicate 25 others will have attempted to take their own lives.
There have been more than 1,000 suicide-related admissions of children to Georgia hospitals in the past year. Several agencies in Georgia have come together to produce a series of public service announcements (PSA), the first of which was aimed at children helping children.
The release of the second features adults who share their experiences with their loved ones who have considered or attempted suicide. These are parents, siblings, and experts who have seen this crisis firsthand and want to raise awareness for others to continuously seek help for children in crisis. Parents and teachers are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help.
For 2018, there were 23 suicide-related deaths in children where 14 of those deaths were between the ages of 15-17 and white males. The method of suicide amongst this age group was by hanging (14) followed by gunshot (9).
Individuals who exhibit signs of suicide, or identify signs of suicide in others, can call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225, 24/7. All calls are free and confidential. Alternatively, please visit www.mygcal.com for assistance. GCAL is provided statewide by Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).