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Many teens attempt suicide on impulse, and there's no second chance with a gun.
Counting on a teen's ability to resist strong emotional impulses when there is a gun is not a good idea.
Young people need safe environments that protect them from deadly harm.
Many teens who attempt suicide do so because of a temporary problem, like the end of a romance. When guns are involved, teens can waste their lives and destroy the happiness of their friends and families in an instant. They are thinking of a passing problem, not the outcome!
Suicide is one of the 3 leading causes of death for 13- to 19-year-olds in the United States.
An average of 4 American teenagers commit suicide every day.
In states where there are more guns, more people commit suicide.
Studies have shown that the risk of suicide is 4 to 10 times higher in homes with guns than in those without.
If the gun is a handgun or is stored loaded or unlocked, the risk of suicide is even higher.
Suicide attempts with a gun are very likely to be deadly.
Suicide attempts with drugs or methods other than guns have a greater chance of survival.
Teens often see any change as a major life event. Adults and teens need to talk about things, like budding sexuality and taking responsibility for one's own actions, as they occur.
If there is a gun:
Keep it unloaded and locked up or with a trigger lock. Store the bullets in a different place that is also locked.
Do not let teens have a key to the places where guns and bullets are stored.
If a teen becomes depressed or has severe mood swings, store the gun outside the home for the time being.
Find out what the laws are in your community and ask that they be enforced.
Most young survivors of a serious suicide attempt do not commit suicide later, and most survivors of suicide attempts are glad they were saved.
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