Firearms and Suicide Prevention
Suicide is a leading cause of death, and it’s preventable.
It’s our mission to help reduce all suicide, including those by firearms. By increasing public education of firearms and suicide prevention, and by encouraging the use of safe storage options and thus reducing access to lethal means, we give suicidal individuals something they desperately need: time – time for the intense suicidal risk to diminish and time for someone to intervene with mental health support and resources. Research has shown that separating suicidal individuals from a variety of lethal means helps prevent suicide.
AFSP endorses incorporating suicide prevention education as a basic tenet of firearm safety and responsible gun ownership. Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention, and we look to members of the firearms-owning community as leaders and partners in gun safety advocacy and public education of firearms and suicide prevention efforts.