According to the Georgia Student Health Survey for the 2015-2016 school year, 8.7% of Georgia students grades 6th through 12th seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year, while 4.1% attempted suicide. 17% said they did not know another student they could talk to if feeling sad or down; 22% said they did not know an adult they could talk to if they needed help. 46% felt sad or withdrawn at some point in the last 30 days, and 1 in 5 experienced intense worries or fears that got in the way of daily activities.
We want our children and adolescents to thrive in their daily activities, in school and at home. Mental illness may negatively impact our students’ concentration, energy, social interactions, resilience to challenges or change, and ability to handle everyday life. Please see the following PSA created by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Office of Behavioral Health Prevention, promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma.