Intermountain Healthcare is collaborating with the Utah Shooting Sports Council and key community partners to develop and distribute educational materials and more than 20,000 free gun locks to gun owners throughout Utah.

This collaborative effort is designed to help Utah families and loved ones increase safety in their homes—values that are aligned with Intermountain’s suicide prevention goals. This initiative is especially important right now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when firearm sales in Utah have increased, and psychological stresses have been heightened.

Gun locks and safe gun storage are an important safety measure especially when someone is at risk for suicide. Intermountain and the Utah Shooting Sports Council have come together on this issue, recognizing that firearms are the leading method of suicide in the state and putting time and distance between a gun and a person in crisis can save a life.

The Utah Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health has also partnered with Intermountain for the purchase of 20,000 additional gun locks to go to medical facilities.

The free gun locks are available at hospitals and clinics, and other organizations have also stepped up to provide them. They include MountainStar Healthcare, University of Utah Health, Uintah Basin Healthcare, Hill Air Force Base, and others.

Intermountain has more suicide prevention resources and trainings available at intermountainhealthcare.org/zerosuicide.

More information about this collaboration is available here.