Welfare Watch  May 11, 2018

How can we stop the youth suicide crisis?

The GBI reports there have been 211 juvenile suicides within the past five years. 

In February this year,  Voices for Georgia’s Children, Georgia Child Fatality Review, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Family and Child Services, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta released a series of public service announcements produced to raise awareness around youth suicide. The PSAs are aimed at children helping children.                        http://georgiavoices.org/blog/2018/02/07/suicide-prevention-psas/

Yesterday, in tandem with Children's Mental Health Day,  Voices moderated a panel discussion on youth suicide, "How can we stop the youth suicide crisis?" Panelists included young adults who shared their experiences.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td1oOHcxczc 
In this discussion, GBI director Vernon Keenan noted that the GBI focused on juvenile deaths by suicide. In 2017 there were 51 juvenile suicides. Keenan recognized this is only part of the picture; more information is needed. He reached out to the child welfare systems in Atlanta and asked for this year, how many children were in the hospital for treatment for attempted suicide--over 800.

How is Georgia addressing the crisis? 

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) works with federal and state agencies, community partners, contractors, non-profit organizations, educators, clinicians, and law enforcement to deliver training and programs.

Georgia Suicide Prevention Plan

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 

Individuals in need of services should contact Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225 or www.mygcal.com to obtain access to care.


2018 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 17-19, 2018

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