Community Coalition Building
As the need grew greater, it was clear that in order to coordinate efforts all over the state, it would be necessary to build Community Suicide Prevention Coalitions as well to create local awareness and education, and create a network of suicide prevention efforts around the state. That work was begun around the time that the Georgia's Suicide Prevention Program at the state in the Department of Human Resources, Public Health, Injury Prevention was established. Now that same work is being continued within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities where the Suicide Prevention Program now resides. SPAN-GA has provided techincal support for the development of these community coalitions, and assists coalitions in building survivor services in their area. There are continually Suicide Prevention Coalitions being established around the state as we move into new community to begin work. Feel free to contact the coalition in your area and become active in these efforts. If there is no coalition in your area, learn how to start one!