September 3, 2022
If You are Worried About Someone, Reaching Out Can Help Save A Life
Trust your gut. If you’re worried, it’s okay to let them know you care. Talk to them and ask them directly about suicide. We know through research that asking about suicidal thoughts won’t put someone at greater risk. In most cases, they’ll feel relieved that someone cares enough to show concern.
So learn the common risk factors and warning signs for suicide, so you know them when you see them. Encourage storing guns securely, locked and unloaded. Temporarily removing firearms from the home to prevent access by a person struggling with their mental health is also an option. Help the person get the support they need — when they need it.
Do the same for yourself. Pay attention to how you’re feeling. If you’re going through a tough time and exhibiting some of the warning signs, ask a buddy for help. Ask him to connect you with support and to help store your guns securely until you feel more like yourself again.
This September, NSSF, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs are reminding gun owners of the role they can play in reducing the rate of suicide by helping to educate friends and family members about mental health, suicide prevention and how to recognize and respond when a person is going through a difficult time.
Share this important message.