Podcast 772: Firearms in Suicidal Ideation - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 772: Firearms in Suicidal Ideation

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Firearms are a dangerous potential method of committing suicide
  • Death occurs in about 5-15% of suicide attempts overall, but death in suicide attempts using firearms occurs in 85-90% of cases
  • In some states, families can petition a judge to remove firearms from a house although healthcare providers cannot do this


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Anestis MD, Bandel SL, Butterworth SE, Bond AE, Daruwala SE, Bryan CJ. Suicide risk and firearm ownership and storage behavior in a large military sample. Psychiatry Res. 2020 Sep;291:113277. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113277. Epub 2020 Jul 2. PMID: 32886959.

Mann JJ, Michel CA. Prevention of Firearm Suicide in the United States: What Works and What Is Possible. Am J Psychiatry. 2016 Oct 1;173(10):969-979. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.16010069. Epub 2016 Jul 22. PMID: 27444796.

Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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