A special thank you to the sponsors who make this website possible:
The Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Garland County is one of a handful of communities across the state
actively working toward lowering the rate of suicide. Suicide is currently
the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Arkansas is ranked
17th in the country for deaths by suicide, with Garland County ranking
5th in the state according to 2014 Arkansas Epidemiological State Profile
of Substance Use data.
Garland County 911 Responders handle (on average) at LEAST 5 suicide related calls per week. Last year, the county saw as many as 5 in 1 – 24 hour period. A suicide related call includes suicide threat, suicide attempt, and suicide.
The Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition (GCSPC) was established in August of 2014 in response to the high county suicide data presented to coalition members of Project H.O.P.E.
Key collaborators of the coalition, include mental health and health
care professionals, educators, local law enforcement, survivors,
school personnel, and other members with a desire to address this
alarming problem, came together to form GCSPC. The coalition
consists of over 100 members and community organizations, this
number grows daily.
The group is working toward implementing practices that would provide the community with knowledge, understanding, and vital resources to help those at risk for suicide.
GCSPC currently meets once a month (normally the first Monday of every month at the Garland County Health Unit located at 1425 Malvern Ave) and is open to anyone interested in preventing suicide. Some of the groups goals include:
- Creating an open and healthy dialogue surrounding mental health and suicide
- Establishing a Suicide Survivor of Loss Grief Support Group, Survivor of Suicide Attempt Grief
Group, and a Youth Suicide Prevention Council
- Coordinate Current Community Protocols and create a connected and efficient network for
those who are in need of mental health and suicide prevention or intervention. The high
priorities consist of: 911 Dispatchers, ER staff, Mental Health Facilities, law enforcement,
schools, counselors, faith based community, military populations, LGBTQ populations,
Substance Abuse programs such as Celebrate Recovery, funeral homes, community service
groups, hospice care, and many more.
- Safety Plan usage in all county ERs
- Maintain suicide prevention resources including the National Prevention Lifeline, Coalition
brochures and resources, and demographic relevant data that can be passed out as it is
- Personal Protocols for all coalition members so they can assist a person who may be in crisis.
- Presence on social media.
- Develop Community Fact sheets.
- Make suicide data and suicide prevention widely and appropriately available to the
- Develop and implement strategies to reduce the stigma associated with suicide, mental illness,
substance abuse, and with seeking help for such problems. These strategies will include
evidence-based practices, as well as, newly created programs that show promise in studies.
- Increase the number of professional, volunteer, faith-based, and other groups that integrate
suicide prevention activities into their ongoing activities.
- Training for all interested members of the community.
- Develop and implement safe and effective programs in educational settings
- Enhance community care resources by increasing the use of schools and workplaces as access
points for mental and physical health services and by providing comprehensive support
programs for suicide survivors.
GCSPC has presented to various groups including: First Responders, schools, youth groups, faith-based groups, professionals, community groups, local government officials, non-profit groups, inmates, and many more.
To learn more or request a presentation or training on suicide prevention from the Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition, please contact the coalition Chair:
Susie Reece at 501- 249-9758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Survivors of Suicide Loss Grief Support Group has also been started for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m. at CHI St. Vincent. For more information about the group contact Billie Holsomback at 501-538-4502.