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Managing Suicide Risk and Access to Firearms: Guidelines for Providers
Managing Suicide Risk and Access to Firearms: Guidelines for ProvidersMay 1, 2017
I have a patient who may be at risk for suicide and I know the patient owns a gun. What can I do?
This is a great question and increasing safety in order to prevent suicide is vital. Increasing safety, or means restriction, in general, includes removal of any method by which a patient is considering a suicide attempt, however in the military the most pertinent factor is firearms.
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