Watch leaders at the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and VA’s suicide prevention program discuss strategies to protect your family and prevent suicide during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
This important webcast provides expert answers on topics such as:
- How VA, USCCA and NSSF are working together to help Veterans and non-Veterans with mental health challenges and prevent suicide
- How to take care of your mental health during stressful times
- Warning signs that someone may be at risk
- Ways that the firearm industry, gun owners and their families can help
Safe storage can reduce the risk
VA respects the important role firearms play in many Veterans’ lives. As a result, it is dedicated to educating Veterans, their families and communities about safe storage.
In 2017, individuals used firearms in nearly half of all U.S. suicide deaths and nearly 70% of suicides among U.S. Veterans. Safe storage can put time and space between an individual and a firearm and help keep Veterans and their loved ones safe during a suicidal crisis.
By practicing safe storage before challenging times arise, you can reduce the risk for everyone in your home.
Veterans Crisis Line
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.
Reporters covering this issue can download VA’s Safe Messaging Best Practices fact sheet or visit www.ReportingOnSuicide.org for important communication guidance.
Aimee Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker and program analyst in VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.