Hear from experts working to reduce firearm injury

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Safety in Dementia

A decision aid for caregivers of individual's with dementia on how to improve their safety in the home, while driving, and when they have firearm access.

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Lock to Live

An online decision aid to support healthcare providers counsel patients on how to identify and find safe options to store lethal means during times of crisis.

Peer-Reviewed Article

Suicide acts in 8 states: incidence and case fatality rates by demographics and method

Spicer, R., & Miller, T.
American Journal of Public Health., 2000.

This study examined incidence rates of medically identified suicide acts (self-inflicted injuries, either fatal or nonfatal) and case fatality rates by age, sex, race, and method used.

Peer-Reviewed Article

Lifetime suicide risk in major depression: sex and age determinants

Blair-West, G. W., Cantor, C. H., Mellsop, G. W., et al.
Journal of Affective Disorders., 1999.

Recent work has demonstrated that the lifetime suicide risk for patients with DSM IV Major Depression cannot mathematically approximate the accepted figure of 15%. Gender and age significantly affect both the prevalence of major depression and suicide risk.

Presentation Material

Preventing Firearm Suicide

If you’re giving a presentation on suicide and firearms, these 25 slides from BulletPoints are available for your use.

Spring 2020
Peer-Reviewed Article

Chronic pain and suicide: understanding the association.

Hooley, J. M., Franklin, J. C., & Nock, M. K.
Current Pain and Headache Reports., 2014.

Chronic pain conditions are associated with an elevated risk for suicide.

Peer-Reviewed Article

Limiting access to lethal means: applying the social ecological model for firearm suicide prevention

Allchin, A., Chaplin, V., & Horwitz, J.
Injury Prevention., 2019.

This paper outlines a novel application of the social ecological model (SEM) for firearm suicide prevention.

Peer-Reviewed Article

Implementation and Effectiveness of Connecticut’s Risk-Based Gun Removal Law: Does it Prevent Suicides?

Jeffrey W. Swanson et al.
80 Law and Contemporary Problems, 2017

Developing practical, effective, and legally sustainable policies to separate firearms from people at risk of harming themselves or others presents a potentially important, but challenging, public health opportunity for gun violence prevention in the United States.

Peer-Reviewed Article

Association of Increased Safe Household Firearm Storage With Firearm Suicide and Unintentional Death Among US Youths

Monuteaux, M. C., Azrael, D., & Miller, M.
JAMA Pediatrics., 2019.

Results of this modeling study suggest that a relatively modest uptake of a straightforward safe storage recommendation - lock all household firearms - could result in meaningful reductions in firearm suicide and unintentional firearm fatalities among youth. Approaches that will motivate additional parents to store firearms safely are needed.

Peer-Reviewed Article

Suicide prevention strategies revisited: 10-year systematic review.

Gil Zalsman, Keith Hawton, Danuta Wasserman, Kees van Heeringen, Ella Arensman, Marco Sarchiapone, Vladimir Carli, Cyril Höschl, Ran Barzilay, Judit Balazs, György Purebl, Jean Pierre Kahn, Pilar Alejandra Sáiz, Cendrine Bursztein Lipsicas, Julio Bobes, Doina Cozman, Ulrich Hegerl, Joseph Zohar.
The Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 3, Issue 7, 2016. Pages 646-659

Many countries are developing suicide prevention strategies for which up-to-date, high-quality evidence is required. We present updated evidence for the effectiveness of suicide prevention interventions since 2005.

Peer-Reviewed Article

Promoting Firearm Safety as a Suicide Prevention Strategy Within Health Care Systems: Challenges and Recommendations

Simonetti, J. A., & Brenner, L. A.
Psychiatric Services., 2019.

In 2017, half of the 47,173 suicides in the United States were firearm related. Health care systems have an important role in promoting firearm-related lethal-means safety, a key component of suicide prevention programs.

External Resource

CDC Fast Stats on Suicide

You can explore raw annual data and trends over time for suicide and firearm suicide in the US.

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