The Johnny Foundation


Raising awareness of depression in hopes of preventing suicides.


Stay Connected



Suicide Prevention Organizations:

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and 



Suicide Prevention Coalition of Georgia 


resour3Suicide Prevention Resource Center

This website covers information for clergy.



Suicide Prevention Action Network (Georgia)


24-Hour Crisis Hotlines: 

resour5National Hopeline Network
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Calls are connected to a certified crisis center nearest the caller's location.
Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Teen Hotline  1-800-442-HOPE (4673)


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Individuals seeking treatment, family members and referral sources may contact the Access Center 24 hours a day at (770) 434-4567 or 1 (800) 329-9775.


Find a Christian Counselor near you:

AACCThe American Association of Christian Counselors Foundation is a national referral network of state and/or nationally licensed/certified professional counselors offering care that is distinctively Christian and clinically excellent. Each member of the CNN has attested to being a current member in good standing with the AACC, having current state license and/or national certification, and having appropriate and adequate professional liability insurance. CCN members have had their applications for membership reviewed for these standards and for responses to items consistent with the AACC Doctrinal Statement and the AACC Code of Ethics.

Recommended Counselors in Metro Atlanta:

Alpharetta, GA
Paraclete Counseling Center

Cumming, GA
Access Christian Counseling

Find a church in your area:

Many churches offer support groups and counseling

  • Southern Baptist Church
  • United Methodist Church
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Other denominations

Suicide Prevention Publications:



Rescuing Your Teenager from Depression by Norman Berlinger Just released in April 2005 a book that everyone should read, not just parents of teens. Over 100 parents were interviewed including Johnny's Mom.




"Stomping Out Depression"
by Neil Anderson

"The Hurried Child" by David Elkind

"Conquering The Beast Within" by Cate Irwin

"Suicide, the Forever Decision" For Those Thinking about Suicide, and For Those Who Know, Love or Counsel Them, by Paul Quinett

Grief Publications:

"My Son, My Son" by Iris Bolton

"Trusting God Through Tears" byJehu Thomas Burton

"After Suicide" by John Hewett

"The Grieving Child" by Helen Fitzgerald (a parent's guide)

"The Seasons of Grief" by Donna Gaffney

Resources for Veterans:

Vet Centers

If you are a combat Veteran or experienced any sexual trauma during your military service, bring your DD214 to your local Vet Center and speak with a counselor or therapist—many of whom are Veterans themselves—for free, without an appointment, and regardless of your enrollment status with VA.

After Deployment
Take an online workshop with interactive exercises to evaluate the symptoms you are experiencing and hear from other Veterans and Service members dealing with depression.

VA Medical Center Facility Locator
This website will allow you to search for VA programs located near you. If you are eligible to receive care through the Veterans Health Administration, you can enroll in one of VA's depression treatment programs.

SAMHSA Mental Health Services Locator
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides information on services and resources near you.


2018 Tournament Results

Thank you to everyone who supported the 15th Johnny Leathers, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament held on May 19th at Woodmont Golf and Country Club. We were blessed to have raised $28,000 which is the most ever raised with the most golfers (144) ever playing and sunshine shining even though rain was predicted. These funds will help to fund counseling for those needing financial assistant in the Atlanta Area.  Click here to look at the Tournament Gallery.


If You Need Help Now

Emergency Rescue: 911
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
GA Crisis & Access Line:
Teen Hot line:
1-800-442-HOPE (4225)



Click Here for Warning Signs

What We Do

The Johnny Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention through community fundraising events. We have established Memorial Funds with 2 Atlanta Area Counseling Centers to help fund counselling for those struggling with depression but needing financial assistance to get the help they so desperately need.
Restoration Counseling of Atlanta – Roswell/Woodstock
Paraclete Counseling – Johns Creek 


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