Firearm and Means Safety

Suicide death by firearm is the most common method of suicide in the military, accounting for approximately 60 percent of all suicide deaths in the active-duty population from 2008 through 2015 (see 2008-2015 DoDSER Annual Reports). As firearms are highly lethal and can be used quickly and impulsively during a crisis, it is recommended that clinicians talk with their patients about firearm safety procedures as well as other means safety procedures (e.g., medication storage) on a regular basis. Below are some resources to help clinicians develop competence in firearm and means safety.

For more information on prevention see the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO).