In the past three years, 144 Georgians under age 25 have taken their own lives, according to the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel. The group says that for every young person who dies by suicide, national statistics indicate 25 others will have attempted to take their own lives. That means approximately 3,600 other children likely attempted suicide during the same three-year period.
In response, several Georgia organizations worked together to produce a series of public service announcements aimed at children helping children. The PSAs include survivors who have attempted suicide and 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.
Joining the Child Facility Review Panel 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.