Gwinnett Suicide Prevention Coalition

Suicide is a significant problem in Gwinnett County and Georgia. In 2010, 87 persons died by suicide in Gwinnett County. More people died by suicide in Gwinnett County than for homicide (30) or motor vehicle accidents (63) the same year. Fire arms is the leading method used by the persons to end their lives. Also, suicide is the third leading cause of death in 10-24 years age group. Suicide completions affect people of all ages, races, and social backgrounds. Surviving families and loved ones are greatly impacted by such loss.

The good news is that suicide can be prevented! With this in mind, the Gwinnett Suicide Prevention Coalition meets the last Friday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the facilities of the prevention department at CETPA.

Your valuable contribution can help prevent and reduce suicides and suicide attempts. Please honor us with your presence.

Some facts about the National Prevention Lifeline:

  • All calls are free from any telephone in the United States.
  • Our lines work 24 hours, 7 days a week, so you can be in contact with a capable person in any moment you will need to.
  • Your call is confidential; this means that the person that listens to you will do everything possible to not disclose your identity.
  • We service in English (1-800-273-8255) and in Spanish (1-888-628-9454)
  • We are the only national network with answers to crisis situations funded by the Federal Government.
  • Have you lost a loved one to suicide? If the answer is yes, then you are a survivor of suicide.

Advice for survivors:

  • Even if you feel that you cannot survive, know that you can.
  • Feelings of shock, guilt, blame, anger, relief, depression, and isolation are common responses to grief. These emotions can be overwhelming but know that they are normal.
  • Each survivor grieves in their own way and at their own pace.
  • Seek out people who are willing to listen without judging.
  • Remember that many people are affected by suicide.
  • Seek professional help if needed.
  • Take care of yourself – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
  • This may be the hardest thing you will ever do. Be patient and don’t try to do it by yourself.
  • Remember that healing takes time and support.

Mission

Address the problem of through collaborative efforts that promote education, support, and increase awareness, prevention, intervention, and aftercare.

Vision

Reduce the number of suicides, suicide attempts, after-effects of people living in Gwinnett County.