South Central Health District of Georgia

The South Central Health District

Bleckley. Dodge. Johnson. Laurens. Montgomery. Pulaski. Telfair. Treutlen. Wheeler. Wilcox.

Suicide Prevention Resources

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Community Mental Health Center of Middle Georgia
24 – Hour Crisis and Suicide Hotline
(478) 275-6509


Suicide Help

The United States had an average rate of suicide of 12.4 deaths per 1,000 of the population in 2010. The southeastern region of the United States, including Georgia, had a rate of 13.7 deaths per 1,000 of the population, making it higher than the national average.



Risk Factors for Youth Suicide

  • Mental illness and substance abuse
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Firearms available in the household
  • Nonsuicidal self injury
  • Exposure to friends or family members that display suicidal behavior
  • Low self-esteem
Source: Georgia Suicide Prevention Information Network

 Risk Factors for Adult Suicide

  • Family history of suicide
  • Family history of child maltreatment
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • History of mental disorders, particularly clinical depression
  • History of alcohol and substance abuse
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Cultural and religious beliefs (e.g., belief that suicide is noble resolution of a personal dilemma)
  • Local epidemics of suicide
  • Isolation, a feeling of being cut off from other people
  • Barriers to accessing mental health treatment
  • Loss (relational, social, work, or financial)
  • Physical illness
  • Easy access to lethal methods
  • Unwillingness to seek help because of the stigma attached to mental health and substance abuse disorders or to suicidal thoughts
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Suicide Protective Factors 

  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders
  • Reduced access to firearms
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for help seeking
  • Family and community support (connectedness)
  • Support from ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent ways of handling disputes
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support instincts for self-preservation
Source: U.S. Public Health Service 1999


Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Dublin-Laurens

Georgia Suicide Prevention Information Network