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Do you have your buddy’s back?
For gun owners, protecting your family and friends involves more than keeping them safe from accident or attack. It also involves being aware of the warning signs of suicide and the steps to prevent it. We do NOT need government mandates! Together, we can protect our families, friends, and freedom. The Community Safety Project can help.
Suicidal urges are often impulsive and brief.
Depression can last a long time, but suicidal urges can last for just a few minutes. Temporarily putting time and distance between a suicidal person and a gun can save a life. If your buddy had too much to drink, you’d offer to hold onto his or her car keys until he or she sobered up. So when your buddy is going through a tough time and shows signs of being suicidal, you can offer to hold on to his or her guns temporarily until the situation improves.
Warning Signs of Suicide
• Talking about wanting to die, either directly or indirectly
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
• Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
• Withdrawing or isolating themselves
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Exhibiting extreme mood swings
If you or someone you care about is experiencing warning signs of suicide, take precautions.
Store guns safely and securely when not in use.
Temporarily lock guns and ammo separately, or don’t keep ammunition in the home. Ask to temporarily keep the keys to any gun safe of a friend who is struggling.
Temporarily store firearms off site until the situation improves, perhaps at a friend or relative’s house.
Special thanks to the New Hampshire Firearms Safety Coalition and the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition for providing much of this content.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text 4hope to 741 741
In an emergency, call 911 and ask for a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Officer.