Access to a gun in the home is one of the most significant risk factors for youth suicide. It is also one of the most easily mitigated.
CPYV partnered with The Rhode Island Department of Health to develop Suicide-Proof Your Home, a comprehensive public information campaign to educate parents about the risks of keeping firearms and other lethal means of suicide accessible to adolescents in the home.
This program informs parents about the simple steps they can take to reduce the risk that a youth suicide will occur in their home. Parents are encouraged to reduce the likelihood of suicide by securely locking or removing lethal means.
Click here to learn the simple steps you can take to suicide-proof your home. It’s easy, and it could save a child’s life.
When it comes to suicide, means matter.
- At least one-third of suicide decedents under age 18 experienced a crisis within 24 hours of taking their life, according to NVISS data (Harvard School of Public Health).
- A study of individuals who attempted suicide and survived found that nine out of ten did not go on to die by suicide at a later date (Owens 2002).
- More than 90 percent of suicide attempts with a gun are fatal. In comparison, only 2 percent of attempts with drugs and 1 percent of attempts by cutting are fatal (Harvard School of Public Health).
- An NVISS Study of firearm suicides among youth under 18 occurring found that 82% used a firearm belonging to a family member, usually a parent. When storage status was noted, about two-thirds of the firearms had been stored unlocked. Among the remaining cases in which the firearms had been locked the youth knew the combination, knew where the key was kept or broke into the cabinet (Harvard School of Public Health).
- Every study that has examined the issue to date has found that within the U.S., access to firearms is associated with increased suicide risk (Harvard School of Public Health).