No one chooses to have a mental health issue.  It is not a sign of weakness, result of bad choices or even a charactor flaw. 


Depression is the #1 Disability in World!


The World Health Organization states that "Without action for change,

Depression will be the 2nd leading cause of Death by 2020"


You can't talk about Suicide without talking about Mental Health and Depression!  There is a fine line between completed suicides, attempters and those at risk.


Risk Factors, Warning Signs &
Protective Factors


The first defense for suicide prevention is for everyone to know the warning signs, risk factors and proctective factors.


80% of all completed suicides, the person told someone of their intent.  These are lives we can save! 


Learning these things arms us to respond and save lies!!

Youth Suicide


  • 2010 Suicide became the 2nd leading cause of death in youth 10 - 24 passing homicide for the first time in the last decade. 

  • Suicide DOUBLED for African American males ages 15 - 19, 1980 - 1996.

  • For African American girls, suicide by hanging 10 - 18 increased 238% between 2006 - 2010.

  • Suicide rates for ages 10  14 increased by 50% between 1981 - 2005.


SUICIDE a Major Public Health Crisis

- A Firestorm Webinar

featuring Dr. Kelly Posner - References Georgia's statewide dissemination of CSSRs as a componet of GA's A.I.M. - Assessment, Intervention & Monitoring



  • Almost 20% of all U.S. suicides are active duty military or veterans.

  • Suicide has surpassed combat deaths in active duty military.

  • Suicide of army reservists and national guardsmen DOUBLED in 2010.

  • Active Duty Troops:  1 Suicide Every Day

  • Airforce:  approximately first 15 days of 2012 - 9 suicides

  • Veterans:  21 suicides per day; 1000 suicide attempts per month

Survivors At Risk


  • Survivors have an up to 5 times higher rate of suicide than that of the general public.

  • 1 out of 4 attempters has a family history of suicide.

  • Adolescents that have lost a friend to suicide are up to 7 times more likely to take their life in their lifetime.

  • Suicide is a traumatic loss that comes with a complicated grief process.  With a suicide loss, survivors face not only the loss but stigma, shame and unique guilt.

  • It is a complex loss that entangles everyone around the loss as a party to the choice.  Some survivors are even blamed for the loss.

  • The rejection of friends and family is a very common aftermath of a loss by suicide. People usually don't know what to say so they completely avoid the grieving one, leaving them with no support system.

This is not a Crisis Line or Crisis Site.  If you have an emergency call 911 or the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225