More than half of all suicides involve a firearm, and a fifth of all suicides and suicide attempts involve medications. The Safer Homes, Suicide Aware campaign raises public awareness of suicide and offers people immediate steps they can take to make their homes safer. Research has shown that a temporary barrier between a person in crisis and a chosen means of suicide can be lifesaving.
Every individual plays a role in suicide prevention. The Safer Homes, Suicide Aware campaign delivers the tools, training, and resources to equip everyone with the knowledge to take immediate action now. With a public health message of limiting access to means and safe storage, this campaign aims to reduce deaths from suicide for the firearms-owning public.
Safer Homes, Suicide Aware is a platform that empowers community members and professionals to take immediate actions to keep homes safer from suicide. Born from the passage of House Bills 2793 and 1612, the campaign provides resources, support, and training across the state of Washington. “Safer Homes” signifies a home in which lethal means are unavailable to a suicidal individual. “Suicide Aware” signifies the universal need to educate people about suicide, removing the mystery and replacing it with facts.
Led by 43 partners including Forefront Suicide Prevention, the Second Amendment Foundation, and Washington State Pharmacy Association, the Safer Homes Coalition is comprised of firearms retailers, second amendment rights groups, health care providers, and suicide prevention experts who came together around a single goal to save lives.
Launched in September 2017, the campaign distributed 220 firearm locking and medication storage/disposal devices to households in Aberdeen, WA. Read about the launch event here!
- Are you a Pharmacy Professional?
- You dispense powerful medications that are intended to heal, but are sometimes used in overdose or suicide. Pharmacy professionals can play an important role in preventing suicide, overdoses and suicide attempts – creating safer homes. Washington state-licensed pharmacists are required to take a three-hour training which is approved by the Washington Department of Health. Learn more about our Suicide Awareness & Referral Training here.
- Are you a Firearms Retailer / Instructor?
- You often know when things aren’t right with someone. Be aware, a new gun could be used for suicide. The skills learned in this training (free to Washington state firearm retailers and instructors) will help those in the firearms community to take actions that will help to save lives. To take the training or learn more, contact the Safer Homes Coalition here.
- Are you a Training Provider for Mental Health and Medical Professionals?
- Training providers play a vital role in reducing suicide by teaching the universal Safer Homes message. Restricting lethal means, or removing the danger, is an effective way to reduce suicide. Health care professionals, education professionals, human resource professionals, coaches, community members are among the many appropriate audiences for this life-saving information. This Safer Homes module includes information on locking & limiting both medications & firearms, and can be downloaded for your use at no cost here.
- Are you a Medical Provider?
- Designed for and by medical professionals, the 6-hour version of All Patients Safe meets Washington state’s licensure requirements (RCW 43.70.442) for health care providers to assist in reducing suicide. More information (and registration page) coming soon!