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02 April 2021
Firearms and Mental Health
There are almost 40,000 gun deaths in the US every year, and two-thirds of these are suicides. It has become clear that restricting access to lethal means is an effective way to reduce suicides at a population level, helping to highlight firearms as a public health issue.
Although far less common, mass shootings have come to dominate the firearm conversation and have inaccurately become associated with mental illness as well.
Whether we like it or not, psychiatrists have been drawn into the politically fraught battle over firearm access. In this issue, we are hoping to feature new research at intersection of firearms and mental illness. We are interested in the relationship between firearm attitudes and access with suicide risk. How can risk assessments be applied? Is there a relationship between firearm violence and psychiatric illness or substance dependence? How should we talk to our patients about firearm access in the context of a new dementia diagnosis? What therapeutic modalities can be brought to bear when discussing safe storage? How do our patients view legislation that links firearm access to psychiatric diagnosis or dangerousness as clinically estimated?
We are open to quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods studies and welcome early career researchers as well as seasoned experts.
Please reach out to our guest editor, Paul Nestadt, for specific queries if you are unsure about the fit of a particular manuscript to this special theme issue.
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