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When it comes to suicide, means do matter. People may not realize that two-thirds of all gun deaths are suicides.1 Having access to a firearm greatly increases the chances that a suicide attempt will end in death. Furthermore, 85 percent of people who attempt suicide with a firearm will complete the act.2 Walk The Talk America strives to provide resources that help prevent these suicides. We could really use your support in order to make our mental health resources just as accessible as the firearms in individuals’ homes and let them know they can seek help without consequence.

Our goal is to create a society where the mental health and firearms communities have come together to develop innovative programs based on fact and understanding, rather than fear and mistrust. If we do this, then both mental illness and gun ownership will be destigmatized and all people will get help. We cannot accomplish this alone and need your support.

Sources

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fatal Injury Reports. Based on data from 2014 to 2018.
  2. Madeline Drexler, “Guns & Suicide,” Harvard Public Health, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine/magazine_article/guns-suicide.

Giving

Your Generosity Matters

Any donation of $20 or greater will receive a Walk the Talk America wristband!
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Your donation will directly support the following initiatives:

  • WTTA website to encourages mental health discussions, to educate and provide resources, and to communicate the importance of mental health while supporting the preservation of 2nd Amendment Rights
    • Forums and interactive discussions to encourage sharing and education
    • Hosting fees, content development, and other administrative costs not currently being donated
  • Training for gun shops and ranges to increase mental health literacy and provide resources
    • Online webinar to dispel common misconceptions regarding gun ownership and gun violence
    • Mental Health America (MHA) and WTTA joint program sponsorship
    • Online testing module for dealer and range certification
    • Overview of early suicide warning signs and actions appropriate to avert suicide attempts
    • Handouts, factsheets, signage, and other data to distribute at dealers and ranges
  • Screening–to-Supports program (S2S), online mental health screening and support on the WTTA website and related data for planning future program initiatives
    • MHA and WTTA participation at public events, including the 2019 Shot Show and other significant firearm’s industry events
    • Static mental health content for the WTTA website in key categories including PTSD, trauma mitigation, and B4Stage4 to provide resources
    • MHA / WTTA joint media events both online and in-person for both industries
    • High School and Middle School Signs of Suicide (SOS) training kits for distribution in schools

And this is just the beginning. As more resources become available we will be adding key strategic initiatives to further unify the Mental Health and Firearm Industries in an effort to reduce incidents of gun violence, gun negligence, and to promote education and discussions involving mental health.