Cherokee schools, GBI set youth suicide summit

Cherokee County schools and the GBI will hold a Youth Suicide Prevention Summit on Nov. 5 in Canton. CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Cherokee County schools and the GBI will hold a Youth Suicide Prevention Summit on Nov. 5 in Canton. CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention citing suicide as the second-leading cause of death for those ages 15 to 19, a Youth Suicide Prevention Summit has been called by the Cherokee County School District and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The event, open to the public, is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Cherokee County Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton.

The GBI reports 144 youths have taken their own lives in Georgia in the last three years. For every young person who dies by suicide, national statistics indicate 25 others tried to take their lives, meaning about 3,600 other youths attempted suicide during that period, school district officials said.

“In response, the GBI and Child Fatality Review are starting a conversation, through this summit and others being held across the state, to talk about what can be done to prevent suicides in Georgia,” the district said as it announced the meeting.

For information about the GBI Child Fatality Review Program: https://gbi.georgia.gov/CFR