September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicides comprise nearly two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States, and firearms are the most frequently used method of suicide. At the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), we work every day to prevent firearm suicide and endorse and support leaders who will do the same. With the election nearing, we take our role more seriously than ever. After all, we know suicide is a systemic problem that requires systemic solutions. Will you join us and support leaders who will prioritize the health and well-being of all Americans?
As CSGV’s Director of Strategic Communications Bryan Barks wrote in a recent Medium blog, “It’s time to address mental health and substance use, access to lethal means (especially guns), and the factors that make life seem unlivable for so many — food insecurity, houselessness, trauma, unemployment, isolation. These are major social problems and risk factors for suicide. They were problems before COVID-19, and they’ve been exacerbated by this administration’s abysmal handling of the pandemic. This is political. This is systemic. And it has to change if we’re going to save lives.”
We have a chance to address these issues on November 3. Together, we can make change in 2020 and beyond! By making a gift during National Suicide Prevention Month, you can help us continue to fight for policies that prevent suicide -- and elect leaders who will champion policies that save lives! Please make a donation now and stand with us in our fight to make gun violence -- including firearm suicide -- rare and abnormal.
Thank you and stay safe,