Disturbing trend: Child commits suicide in Georgia once every seven days

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A Georgia child has committed suicide approximately every seven days this year.

That is the average from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI said 18 Georgians under 18 have killed themselves since January.

A marked increase in youth suicide is part of a disturbing trend the GBI said the state has seen since about 2012.

Monday night the GBI held a youth suicide prevention summit in Douglas County.

During the event, they talked to educators and community members about how to spot warning signs and how to help kids struggling with mental health issues.

Among those suicide risk factors to watch out for are withdrawal, avoiding friends, and social activities as well as changes in personality or appearance, an increase in dangerous behavior, a sudden improvement in mood, and talking about feeling hopeless or even suicidal.