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The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence and the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy are proud to announce the release of a new report, “Breaking Through Barriers: The Emerging Role of Healthcare Provider Training Programs in Firearm Suicide Prevention.” The report was authored by Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence Public Health Analysts Adelyn Allchin, MPH and Vicka Chaplin, MA, MPH, on behalf of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy. The report’s release coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week.
Firearms are among the most lethal and commonly used methods of suicide, and research shows that their availability during a suicidal crisis is often the difference between life and death. Temporarily separating firearms from at-risk individuals saves lives.
Healthcare professionals can help prevent firearm suicide by determining if an at-risk individual has access to a gun and working with the individual to reduce access to guns until the risk of suicide decreases. This process is an example of “lethal means safety counseling.” Unfortunately, most healthcare providers are not adequately trained in this area.
Aimed at those who develop curricula for, teach, or practice in healthcare fields, this report highlights the need for additional training on lethal means safety counseling and encourages programs to incorporate such training into their curricula.