Guns And Suicide

Guns And Suicide

Two-thirds of the people who died from gunshot wounds in 2010 were suicides. Diane and guests talk about recognizing people at risk of suicide and whether reducing access to guns could lower U.S. suicide rates.

In 2010, more than 30,000 Americans died from gunshot wounds, and about two-thirds were self-inflicted. More people used a firearm to take their own lives than every other method combined. For most, if not all victims, suicide reflects a treatment failure -- someone in distress who didn’t get the right kind of help when they most needed it. People determined to take their own lives can find a way, but research shows that having easy access to a gun boosts the likelihood that an attempt will be successful. Diane and guests discuss who is at risk for suicide, and what can be done to reduce that risk.


Dr. Matthew Miller

associate director at Harvard Injury Control Research Center and associate professor of health policy and injury prevention at Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Jana Martin

clinical psychologist and leader of public education efforts with the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Alan Newman

associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Lucinda Bassett

author of "Truth Be Told: A Memoir of Success, Suicide and Survival" to be published March 2013.

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