Suicide Prevention Initiative

Highland Rivers Health has received a five-year Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) suicide prevention grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Georgia is one of five states to receive federal funding through this program, and Highland Rivers Health is one of three agencies in Georgia that are participating. The purpose of the grant is to reduce suicide events among individuals ages 10 to 24; Highland Rivers is focusing its efforts on Bartow County with trainings, education, special events and collaborating with community partners.

Highland Rivers will also be hosting monthly QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainings to teach individuals how to help someone who may be thinking about suicide. Key components of this training include:

  • How to question, persuade and refer someone who may be thinking about suicide
  • How to get help for yourself and learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis



If you would like more information about suicide prevention resources in your community, contact:

Noelle Beard, MA, LPC; Highland Rivers Health GLS Supervisor
Phone: (770) 617-1004