Firearm access is a major driver of the rural west’s disproportionately high suicide rate. Putting time and distance between a person with a suicidal impulse and a highly lethal method is one of a limited number of empirically based, high-impact suicide prevention strategies.
In this episode, Intermountain's Senior Vice President of Community Health, Mikelle Moore, leads a conversation on reducing access to lethal means for people at-risk for suicide with Clark Aposhian, chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, Dr. Morissa Henn, DrPH, Intermountain's community health program director, and Kimberly Myers, administrator for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services, Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
Resources mentioned in the podcast episode.
• CALM-Utah online course
• Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.