The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Child Fatality Review Unit released youth suicide data for 2018.
Eighteen children have reportedly taken their own lives in Georgia, which is the same number as this time in 2017. The majority of the suicides were committed by hanging, followed by firearms as the second most used method. Prevention of youth suicides will continue to be a priority of the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel (GCFRP) in partnership with Voices for Georgia’s Children, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Family and Children Services.
The main objective of GCFRP is to prevent child deaths in Georgia. The mission of GCFRP is to serve Georgia’s children by promoting more accurate identification and reporting of child fatalities, evaluating the prevalence and circumstances of both child abuse cases and child fatality investigations, and monitoring the implementation and impact of the statewide child injury prevention plan to prevent and reduce incidents of child abuse and fatalities in the state.
Director Vernon Keenan participated in the panel discussion, “How Can We Stop the Youth Suicide Crisis?” The discussion was sponsored by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).
Voices for Georgia’s Children moderated the discussion as part of the 2018 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. GBI, in partnership with Voices, has released a youth suicide prevention public service announcement to raise awareness. The link to the video can be found at www.gbi.ga.gov/CFR
Individuals in need of crisis management, who exhibit signs of suicide, or identify signs of suicide in others, can call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225. All calls are free and confidential. Alternatively, please visit www.mygcal.com for assistance. GCAL is provided statewide by DBHDD.