Firearm Safety

Gun ownership is a normal part of life in America. In rural areas, a high percentage, if not all, families will have guns in their home. Having a conversation with someone who is suicidal about temporarily removing firearms from the home has great promise to save lives. The research-based tools on this website have been designed to help primary care practitioners as well as family members have productive and effective conversations about firearms with persons at risk of suicide.


People Who Love Guns Love You Brochure
Research Brief for Primary Care Providers

Online Courses

Addressing Firearm Safety with Patients at Risk of Suicide

This free course is designed to help primary care physicians and other types of health care providers working in rural settings develop better communication skills, comfort, and confidence when having conversations about firearm safety with patients who are suicidal. This course is specific to firearm safety and does not focus on other methods of suicide. The course is approved to meet Oregon Health Authority Cultural Competence Continuing Education (CCCE) training requirements. Upon completion of the course, you will be directed to a link to provide your email address to receive your completion certificate by email.

Because of the sensitive nature of the course material, this course is intended for health professionals only and is password protected. Individuals who are in the health professions may receive the password by sending an email request.

Funding for this training was made possible (in part) by grant number SM 061759 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written materials or publication and by speakers do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA or HHS, nor the Oregon Health Authority or Lines for Life; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government, the Oregon Health Authority or Lines for Life