Reducing youth firearm suicide risk: Evidence for opportunities

Institute for Health Policy Staff
Institute for Health Policy Staff
By Institute Staff

In the February edition of Pediatrics, Dr. David Grossman, senior investigator with Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, provided commentary on a new study that addresses whether families with children and/or adolescents with elevated risk factors for injury have different ownership or firearm storage patterns.

Household firearms create a suicide (and homicide) risk to all children and adults in a home. Given the much higher relative risk to individuals with mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders, a focus on families with high-risk adolescents merits top priority.

In his commentary, Dr. Grossman explores the interaction between guns, mental health, and injury — and examines possible strategies for reducing self-harm risk.

Read his commentary here.

David Grossman
David Grossman