Following a year-long dialogue among individuals from cross-sector, cross partisan groups, a new report on reducing gun suicides has been released nationwide.
Suicides and guns have long been linked, in fact approximately 60% of gun deaths nationwide each year are suicides.
From the Executive Summary:
We believe it’s important that this group states loudly and clearly: suicide deaths by firearm are not inevitable. Suicidal ideation and periods of acute crisis are often short in duration and safe practices and well-constructed interventions can save lives. This report highlights a number of programs and interventions doing just that. Both message and messenger matter—we encourage all working on these issues to carefully consider language and we provide some guidance below on terms to use and avoid.