GBI: 18 Georgia children have committed suicide this year


DECATUR, Ga. -- So far in 2017, 18 children in Georgia have committed suicide, according to newly-released statistics from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Fourteen of those 18 deaths have taken place in the last two months.

The GBI says that the majority--56 percent--have been suicide by gunshot. Hangings and overdoses make up 33 percent and 11 percent of those deaths, respectively.

White males make up half of the 18 children that have taken their own lives this year, while white females are the second most, with three suicides in that demographic. Two African American males and two Hispanic males have also committed suicide while one African American female and one Asian female have taken their lives.

Fourteen 15 to 17-year-olds, three 10 to 14-year-old and one 5 to 9-year-old have committed suicide so far this year in Georgia.

This compares to a total of 35 children who committed suicide in 2016 and 51 in 2015. The majority of children who killed themselves those years were also 15 to 17-year-olds.

If someone exhibits signs of suicide, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

For more information regarding nationwide youth suicide statistics, click here.

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