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NH Mental Health Experts: Guns and Depression Can Equal Death

July 7, 2008

Manchester, NH - It's simple advice that could save a life: People who show signs of significant depression should not have access to guns. That's one message of a New Hampshire initiative called "Counseling on Access to Lethal Means," which trains Granite State primary care physicians to find ways to reduce the risk of suicide.

Dr. Mark Ciocca is a founder of the program, which he says is common sense, not gun control.

"That's not a governmental agency doing that; that's not banning guns; that's not saying people in general shouldn't have guns. It's saying that when a risk of suicidal behavior is detected, then the gun should be removed from the home."

Ciocca notes the urge toward harming oneself usually passes over time, so removing guns temporarily can prevent a fatality. He encourages gun owners to ask family or friends to keep the guns outside of the house, or even ask local police to hold them for awhile.

Ciocca cautions some of the warning signs of suicide risk are obvious, while others are more subtle.

"People experiencing the symptoms of depression, which are pretty well known now, and also those who make vague references to suicide, whether it be 'I might as well not be around anymore,' or 'After tomorrow, none of it's going to matter.'"

John Robinson/Steve Powers, Public News Service - NH