Approximately 20,000 individuals die from firearm suicide each year. Suicides comprise nearly two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States, and firearms are the most frequently used method of suicide.
Research shows that both mental illness and substance abuse are significant risk factors for suicide, and they often occur together. Suicides can be prevented with mental health and/or substance abuse treatment; accurate diagnoses and customized care can help individuals survive temporary suicidal crises.
The GOP's health care bill provides none of the above.
In fact, the bill would make it more difficult for people to get the care they need. The GOP’s callous approach increases the risk of suicide by ensuring that treatment is hard to access while, at the same time, making the most lethal method of suicide – firearms – readily available.
As an organization with a unique, interdisciplinary approach to gun violence prevention, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has been writing about the implications of this irresponsible health care plan, driving calls to senators, and vocally opposing this dangerous bill.
We know that gun violence prevention, health care, and suicide prevention are intimately related. And we are doing everything in our power to fight for strong gun laws and health care legislation that can prevent firearm suicide -- and gun violence in all its forms.
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