The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Office of Behavioral Health Prevention, has created a 30-second PSA promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma.

"Spot the Signs. Talk About It. Get Help" encourages individuals all over the state to listen to one another, reach out, and encourage help-seeking for anyone struggling with mental or emotional issues.

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to if feeling sad or down; 22% said they did not know an adult they could talk to if they needed help. 46% felt sad or withdrawn at some point in the last 30 days, and 1 in 5 experienced intense worries or fears that got in the way of daily activities. Adults have some of these same feelings.

We want our children and adolescents to thrive in their daily activities, in school and at home. Prevention can go a long way towards ensuring a brighter future for our students. The following link provides help to our students and their families.

 

Click here for more information on where you can receive help.