Guns In Your House?
An article about kids and guns written by a Seattle Children's doctor on her blog, Seattle Mama Doc
Consider these facts:
Survey of Social Workers
An article in the latest edition of Suicide & Life Threatening Behavior entitled, Suicide & Firearm Means Restriction: Can Training Make a Difference, reports on the findings of a survey of nearly 700 licensed social workers in the State of Ohio. The authors conclude that training mental health professionals in firearm assessment and safety counseling is an important aspect in addressing the reduction of suicide by firearms.
- Consider temporarily removing guns when a child or youth is going through an especially difficult time.
- Families should store their gun(s) locked and unloaded with ammunition locked separately; parents shouldn't assume that their child does not know where the gun is stored or where the key is hidden.
- Mental health and medical providers should receive training on how to talk with suicidal youth and their families about lethal means.
- Police jurisdictions need to be willing to work with families who want to permanently or temporarily remove their guns.
- Parents should monitor all medications in the home.
- Parents should consider locking up medicines, if necessary. Medicines should always be stored out of reach and sight of children.
- Old and unused medicines should be disposed properly.