Georgia groups fighting against the startling rise in suicide rates


Georgia groups fighting against the startling rise in suicide rates

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Curtis Compton
A candlelight vigil in September 2013, sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Piedmont Park, was intended to promote awareness that depression and other mental illnesses are just that - illnesses. Not weaknesses or character flaws. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

There has been a startling rise in the suicide rate in America. Recent studies from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that from 1999 to 2014, the overall U.S. suicide rate increased by 24%. Many of the most vulnerable, including young girls ages 10-14 and women ages 45-64 experienced the most significant increase.

According to 2014 CDC data compiled by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Georgia. Among people ages 25-34, suicide is the second leading cause of death. In the state, almost twice as many people die by suicide than homicide.

Local suicide prevention organizations know this urgency and are stepping in to help. Critical suicide prevention care includes crisis lines where individuals with suicidal ideation can speak with trained counselors or get a referral to crisis centers that provide short term stabilization. For acute long term care, access lines can connect people with local resources, such as inpatient hospitalization for a residential stay at a mental health facility. To ensure recovery, outpatient treatment offers day mental health services. Supportive housing can allow individuals to regain independence while having a structured treatment program. Other services include therapy, mental health education, and peer support groups where people with lived experience can share practical lessons.

Below is a compiled list of suicide prevention resources in the Atlanta area, including Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. Each resource could mean a life spared from suicide.


1-800-273-TALK (8255)

24/7 suicide prevention number that connects users with a trained counselor at a local crisis center

Text START to 741-741

24/7 volunteer led text support for people in crisis

(866) 488-7386

Text: Trevor to 202-304-1200 Thurs-Fri (4-8pm)

24/7 suicide prevention hotline for LGTBQ young people from 13-24



For Georgia residents wanting access to suicide prevention care

(770) 422-0202 (M-F 7am-5pm)

A call center for information regarding intake appointments and referrals to mental health services

(404) 892-4646

Crisis line for referrals to the 24/7 Dekalb Regional Crisis Center or other psychiatric services such as outpatient therapy, counseling, and housing

(404) 612-1211 (M-F 8:30-5pm)

Access line to learn how to handle mental health situations and get referrals to mental health services

(770) 985-2494

24/7 emergency mental health phone line

(404) 321-6111 Ext. 7620 (M-F 8am-4:30pm)

Atlanta VA Medical Center's mental health help line for veterans


Access line that connects people to local mental health assistance


(404) 794-4857

Short term crisis stabilization for those dealing with psychiatric problems

(404) 294-0499

Psychiatric emergency room for individuals experiencing psychiatric instability

2198 Dresden Drive
Chamblee, GA 30341
(404) 325-4572

Supportive housing for individuals who are mentally ill and homeless

1961 North Druid Hills Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329 (404) 315-8333

Residential treatment and day treatment to help individuals recover from severe mental illness

(404) 874-2224 (M-F 8am-5pm)

Residential support for those needing mental health and addiction treatment



Cobb Outpatient Services (Bright Changes)

(770) 514-2422

Day services for individuals with persistent mental health problems

(770) 949-8082

Day services for individuals with persistent mental health problems and suicide hotline coordination

(770) 457-5867

Day services for adults and children with mental health needs

(404) 612-4111

Mental health support and children's services

Lawrenceville: (678) 209-2411 Norcross: (678) 209-2745

Outpatient services at Gwinnett County locations


(404) 486-9034

Counseling services for children, adolescent, parents, and families

990 Edgewood Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 658-1222

Counseling services with some offered on a sliding scale basis

Sandy Springs Office and The House Next Door
(404) 256-9797 (M-Thurs 10am-9pm Fri 10am-5pm)

Cobb County Office
(770) 541-1114 (M-W 10am-9pm Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri 10am-4pm)

Non-profit community counseling center that offers suicide prevention and aftercare including grief consultations and survivors of suicide support groups

Ser Familia (Cobb County) (678) 363 3079

Counseling for youth, couples, individuals, and families with the focus on strengthening Latino families


(770) 843-3836

Survivor support events and mental health education programs

(800) 826-3632

Support groups for those dealing with depression and bipolar disorder

(770) 234-0855

Provides comprehensive listing of all Atlanta area NAMI programs

(404) 612-9330

Depression & co-occuring issues group therapy programs as well as mental health screening/treatment planning

Atlanta: Fay (404) 292-4291

Support groups for people with suicidal ideation and other mental illnesses

Five Points 595-D Old Norcross Road Lawrenceville, GA 30046 (770) 995-6901

Peer led groups and activities to encourage independence and advocacy


100 Edgewood Avenue
Suite 502
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 527-7175

Mental health screening, mental health first aid training, project healthy moms, and respect institute

(678) 405-2277

Marti Vogt:

Mental health first aid training, support groups, and faith coalition around mental health

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