Why should we be concerned about access to lethal means?
Lethal means are objects like guns, medications, alcohol, opioids or other substances, ropes, cords, or sharp objects that can be used during a suicidal crisis. If a Veteran is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, these items can become deadly when they are easily accessible. For example, nearly 7 out of every 10 Veteran deaths by suicide are the result of firearm injuries (Dept. of Veteran Affairs, 2018).
Increasing the time and distance between someone in a suicidal crisis and access to lethal means can reduce suicide risk and save lives. There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.,
On this page, you’ll find:
- Helpful tips for storing guns, medications, and other lethal means.
- Additional resources about safe storage of firearms.
HOW CAN YOU decrease access TO LETHAL ITEMS IN YOUR HOME ?
Here are some additional ideas:
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