Georgia Suicide Prevention Plan

Strengthening Protective Factors and Reducing Risk Factors


The Georgia Suicide Prevention Plan was developed through a contract between the Department of Human Resources and the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) with the guidance of the Plan Steering Committee. It provides a framework for getting everyone involved in preventing suicide. The Plan is based on recommendations and information from the Surgeon General’s Call to Action and the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It is designed to guide individuals, agencies, and organizations in local communities as well as at regional and state levels. The Plan encompasses suicide prevention in the many systems that touch people’s lives. These include education, health care, media, the workplace, faith communities and criminal justice.


The foundation of the Plan uses the public health approach for suicide prevention. The building blocks of the Plan are arranged as opportunities for Awareness, Intervention and Methodology (AIM) to improve suicide prevention. These major action steps are presented under eleven goals.


Action Step: Awareness

  • Promote awareness that suicide is a serious public health problem and that many suicides are preventable

  • Develop broad-based support of suicide prevention

  • Develop and implement strategies to reduce the stigma associated with being a consumer of mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention services


Action Step: Intervention

  • Develop and implement community based suicide prevention programs

  • Promote efforts to reduce access to lethal means of self-harm

  • Implement training for recognition of at-risk behavior and delivery of effective treatment

  • Develop and promote effective professional practices and support services

  • Improve access to and community linkages with mental health and substance abuse services

  • Improve reporting and portrayals of suicidal behavior, mental illnesses and substance abuse in the entertainment and news media


Action Step: Methodology

  • Promote and support research and evaluation on suicide prevention

  • Improve and expand systems for data collection


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