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Time Based Suicide Prevention
Dept. of the Air Force Integrated Resilience
Aug. 20, 2019 | 1:52
Research indicates a quarter of suicides occur within the first five minutes of an individual’s decision to take his or her life. In the Air Force, personally-owned firearms are used in 70% of suicide attempts. So in many cases, just five minutes can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why during September – Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – the Air Force is introducing a new approach to suicide prevention called Time-Based Prevention – to focus on the “means” of suicide, as well as the “why.” Suicide attempts with a firearm are 90% lethal. Safely stored firearms, or firearms safely removed from the home and stored securely, require deliberate access actions to operate, creating a barrier and assisting in the prevention of suicide attempts using firearms. Time-based Prevention efforts are not intended to limit or prohibit the legal ownership or use of firearms for individuals.

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