Suicide prevention and care resources in metro Atlanta

In less than two months, 14 children in Georgia have killed themselves, a disturbing number that suggests a record.

This story has been updated with the most recent suicide statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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 percent.

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And according to the CDC, suicide rates among 15- to 19-year-old girls doubled between 2007 and 2015, reaching a 40-year high.

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Georgia and among people ages 25-34 and ages 15-17, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the state.

In 2017, 20 kids and teens have taken their own lives in Georgia — 14 since early April alone, AJC's Rhonda Cook reported.

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And, according to CDC data, almost twice as many people die by suicide than homicide in the state.

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.

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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.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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

Crisis TextLine

Text START to 741-741

24/7 volunteer led text support for people in crisis

The Trevor Project

(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


Georgia Crisis & Access Line (operated by Behavioral Health Link)


For Georgia residents wanting access to suicide prevention care

Cobb County & Douglass County Access Center

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

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

Dekalb Community Service Board Central Access Line

(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

Fulton County Behavioral Access & Information Line

(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

Gwinnett County Suicide Prevention Hotline

(770) 985-2494

24/7 emergency mental health phone line

VA Mental Health Services

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

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

United Way 211


Access line that connects people to local mental health assistance


Behavioral Health Crisis Center (Cobb County & Douglas County Community Service Board)

(404) 794-4857

Short term crisis stabilization for those dealing with psychiatric problems

DeKalb Regional Crisis Center

(404) 294-0499

Psychiatric emergency room for individuals experiencing psychiatric instability

Project Interconnections, Inc.

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

Supportive housing for individuals who are mentally ill and homeless

Skyland Trail

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

St. Jude Recovery Center

(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

Douglas Outpatient Services

(770) 949-8082

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

North DeKalb Mental Health Center

3807 Clairmont Road

Chamblee, Georgia 30341

(770) 457-5867

Day services for adults and children with mental health needs

Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center

2805 Metropolitan Avenue

Atlanta, Georgia 30315

(404) 612-4111

Mental health support and children's services

ViewPoint Total Health

Lawrenceville: (678) 209-2411

Norcross: (678) 209-2745

Outpatient services at Gwinnett County locations


Chris Kids

(404) 486-9034

Counseling services for children, adolescent, parents, and families

Heartwork Counseling Center

990 Edgewood Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 658-1222

Counseling services with some offered on a sliding scale basis

The Link Counseling Center

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


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Georgia

(770) 843-3836

Survivor support events and mental health education programs

DBSA Metro Atlanta

(800) 826-3632

Support groups for those dealing with depression and bipolar disorder

NAMI Georgia

(770) 234-0855

Provides comprehensive listing of all Atlanta area NAMI programs

Neighborhood Union Health Center (Fulton County)

(404) 612-9330

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

Recovery International

Atlanta: Fay (404) 292-4291

Support groups for people with suicidal ideation and other mental illnesses

Viewpoint Health Community Rehabilitation

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

Peer led groups and activities to encourage independence and advocacy


Mental Health America of Georgia

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

Perimeter Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Ministry (Fulton County)

(678) 405-2277

Marti Vogt:

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