Suicide is a large, growing publich health concern across various ages. According the the CDC, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24.
Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention model designed to harnesses the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. Currently, six of Forsyth County Schools Middle and High Schools implement Sources of Strength.
Teaches students how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers. It reduces stigma around mental health and suicide, and encourages help-seeking behaviors through the ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) technique.
HB 198 also known as the Jason Flatt Act requires annual training for all certified school personnel. Each year, our counselors and social workers faciliate a guided discussion with school personnel on youth suicide awareness and prevention. We work collaborative with Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developental Disabilities to equip our staff with updated information and resources to support suicide prevention.
Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) 1-800-715-4225
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800- 273-8255
Crisis Text Line Text "Home" to 741741
*All calls and texts are confidential