This bill would provide Licensed Professional Counselors with the legal authority to diagnose mental health conditions, provided that they have graduate level education, training, and supervised experience, or its equivalency, working with people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or substance use.
- Fifty four percent of completed suicides are by firearms.
- There are more than 1000 suicides on college campuses every year.
- One in ten college students have made a plan for suicide
- Approximately 5.2 percent of Emory students have seriously considered suicide within the past 12 months, and .9 percent of Emory students have made an attempt in the past 12 months.
- Suicidal thoughts, making plans for suicide, and suicide attempts are higher among young adults age 18 to 25 than among adults over the age of 26.
- Lifetime thoughts of attempting suicide are reported to occur among 5 percent of graduate students and 18 percent of undergraduates.
- Groups that are particularly at risk for ideation and attempt are male, white, and under the age of 21
- In the 20 to 24 age range, there is an 80 percent chance of death from a suicide using a firearm – access to lethal means increases risk of death by suicide
- New environment
- Loss of social network
- Loss of safety net found at home
- Pressure academically or socially
- Isolation and alienation
- Lack of coping skills
- Difficulty adjusting to new demands of college life
- Decreased academic performance and subsequent feelings of failure
- Experimentation with drugs and alcohol
- Unwillingness to seek help
- Access to lethal means
To read these bills go to WWW.legis.ga.gov. It can take a few days for the bills to come up in their latest revision.