ATLANTA (November 20, 2017) | Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford) served as the honorary guest at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Child Fatality Review (CFR) Unit’s Youth Suicide Prevention and Awareness Summit on Friday, November 17, at the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center.
“I would like to thank the GBI CFR Unit for allowing me to speak at their summit this past Friday,” said Sen. Unterman. “It is so important to me that people are aware of indicators that a child may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. There are so many steps that we as parents, mentors and leaders amongst children can take in order to prevent suicides of children within our communities. Thirty-eight is an unacceptable number of youth suicides in Georgia in 2017 and I am confident that with leaders such as the GBI CFR Unit, educators, parents and caregivers throughout Georgia, we can recognize thoughts of suicide in our children and do everything we can to prevent the loss of a precious life.”
“Youth suicide is a serious public health problem that has long lasting effects on families, friends, schools, and communities,” said Vernon M. Keenan, Director of the GBI. “Since the causes of suicide among youth are complex, no one person or agency can implement prevention efforts alone. Education and active involvement can make a difference. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Child Fatality Review Program are proud to work with our partners in promoting awareness and prevention strategies.”
GBI’s CFR Unit serves to identify and report child fatalities in Georgia in order to prevent any case of child abuse, injury and other forms of child neglect.
For more information on the GBI’s CFR Program, please follow this link:
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For Immediate Release:
November 20, 2017
Ines Owens, Director