Have a S.A.F.E. summer! A reminder from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe
During the summer months, when children are more likely to be home and unsupervised, it's important to remind gun owners to store their firearms securely when not in use. Summer serves as a reminder that proper firearms storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearms accidents, theft and misuse, including suicide. S.A.F.E. serves as an acronym that reminds everyone:
Store your firearms responsibly when not in use.
Always practice firearms safety.
Focus on your responsibilities as a firearms owner.
Education is key to preventing accidents.
Please visit Project ChildSafe’s resources page for specific S.A.F.E. Summer tools and content that you can share with your customers, members and/or fellow community members.
New Research from the Trevor Project
In case you haven't seen it yet, the Trevor Project just released their inaugural National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health.
Amy Green, the Director of Research, summarizes the findings below:
The survey included nearly 35,000 LGBTQ youth respondents between the ages of 13 and 24 from every state in the United States. Our study found that 39 percent of LGBTQ youth surveyed have seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and non-binary youth having seriously considered suicide. Nearly 1 in 5 LGBTQ youth in our study attempted suicide in the past twelve months, with nearly 1 in 3 transgender and non-binary youth having attempted.
Our study also found that conversion therapy is impacting LGBTQ youth across the country and putting them at higher risk of negative mental health outcomes. Two out of every three LGBTQ youth report that someone attempted to convince them to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, with youth who have undergone conversion therapy more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as those who did not. 42 percent of LGBTQ youth who underwent conversion therapy reported a suicide attempt in the last year, with 57 percent of transgender and non-binary youth who have undergone conversion therapy reporting a suicide attempt over the past 12 months. Additionally, our study found that rates of suicide attempts were twice as high among respondents who reported being discriminated against or physically threatened due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, compared to those who did not. Further, 76 percent of the respondents felt that recent politics impacted their mental health or sense of self.
Additionally, here is the press release.
Colorado 2019 Legislative Session in Review
It was a whirlwind session again this year, read up on the highlights in the Legislation in Review from Colorado Health Institute.
Expanding Options for VA Care
Learn more about the goals of the MISSION Act and how you or a loved one can get the care you need if you’ve ever served in the armed forces. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on what Veterans can expect after June 6: “ Less red tape, more satisfaction and predictability for patients, more efficiency for our clinicians, and better value for taxpayers. Veterans will be eligible to get community care for a variety of reasons, including when VA can’t provide the treatment they need or when care outside our system is in the best medical interest of the patient.”
The Intersection of Opioid Abuse, Overdose, and Suicide: Understanding the Connections
The Intersection of Opioid Abuse, Overdose, and Suicide: The Role of Chronic Pain
These webinars from SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) and Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) explore the connections between opioid abuse, overdose, and suicide. Read: SPRC Director’s Corner: The Suicide and Opioid Link: Translating Knowledge into Action.
Webinar: The Connections between Opioid Use, Overdose, and Suicide
This webinar focuses on the association between opioid dosage and suicide risk in VHA patients.