Suicide is a tragic end to life, a permanent solution to a temporary problem, yet it is one of the fastest growing epidemics in the US and across the world. Each year in the US alone 47,000 people commit suicide and 14% of those are between the ages of 10 and 24. In recognition of Suicide Awareness month in September, Summit Counseling will be co-hosting conversations throughout our community.
Anxiety, Depression and Suicidal Ideation Among Students
In the past 10 years, there has been increasing recognition of anxiety in young people by health care providers, including a 17% increase in anxiety disorder diagnosis. At some point, anxiety affects 30% of children and adolescents1. This translates to nearly 528,000 school-aged children statewide will experience an anxiety disorder that potentially impacts their ability to function across multiple domains – home, school, and community. As little as 1% of youth with anxiety seek treatment in the year their symptoms begin, and most anxiety symptoms go untreated for years.1
Mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, often precede suicide attempts. Statistics show that mental health disorders are involved in 90% of suicides – the second leading cause of death in individuals aged 10-242, and the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 worldwide3.
In the state of Georgia, over forty-five percent of middle/high school-aged students (grades 6 thru 12) reported experiencing symptoms of depression, with an estimated one-in-ten admitting to having seriously considered suicide in the past year4. Furthermore, more than 39,000 youth (grades 6 thru 12) reported at least one suicide attempt during the past 12 months4. These statistics underscore the urgency to address student mental health and wellness as well as acknowledge the opportunity for education and awareness throughout our communities.
Summit OnSite School-Based Therapy
Summit Counseling has partnered with Fulton and Dekalb County Schools to offer confidential mental health therapy onsite at twenty-five of our local public schools. Students have the option to see their therapist at school during the day or at one of our offsite locations in the evening or on weekends. “This flexibility allows the therapist to quickly intervene, so students get the help they need to achieve their best in school,” says David Smith, Executive Director at Summit Counseling.
Soul Shop for Youth Leaders
A one-day, faith-based training designed specifically to equip persons to minister to youth who are impacted by suicidal desperation. The training includes how to recognize warning signs, how to engage in life-saving conversations, and how to keep youth safe. In addition, Soul Shop provides practical ways to integrate this ministry into lesson plans, group activities, and one on one conversations. (This workshop is fully funded through the Fulton County CSP grant, Summit Counseling, and in-kind donations from the following churches)
Suicide, A Community Conversation
Conversations throughout our community in the month of September to discuss suicide prevention, community resources, and how we can play a role in prevention. The speakers/panelists will include parents, counselors, medical experts, and youth leaders.
Tuesday, September 10th
Milton City Hall
2006 Heritage Walk
Milton, GA 30004
Co-Host: City of Milton
Trusted Adult Training
Designed to educate and train adults that interface with middle and high school students. The program addresses youth suicide including myths and facts, national and local statistics, risk factors and warning signs. Additionally, the program increases awareness and prevention by training the “trusted adults” to identify, respond and react appropriately to warning signs and risk factors related to suicide which creates a safe environment for at risk youth.
To learn more or register for any of these community events visit our website at SummitCounseling.org or email Events@SummitCounseling.org.
About Summit Counseling
Since 1990, Summit Counseling has been a trusted community partner; bringing hope, healing, and restoration to children, teens, adults, couples, and families. Through our partnerships with local community organizations, the Summit serves North Atlanta at 30 locations. Whatever your background, you will find us respectful, open, and encouraging.
1Child Mind Institute, 2018 Children’s Mental Health Report
2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016
3World Health Organization, 2014
4Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0, 2019
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