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Tue 7

December 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Convergence Dialogue on Guns & Suicide Prevention Report Launch

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Location: Online

What happens when diverse stakeholders engage in shared learning and advise on strategies to prevent firearm suicide? Progress.

Suicide rates have risen around 30% over the last 20 years in America. Of all the gun deaths in the United States each year, over 60% are suicides. Further, about half of all suicides are by firearm. These are preventable deaths, and Convergence understood that a dialogue on suicide prevention and mental health was desperately needed — and it would have to start with a different and better conversation about guns.

With that goal in mind, we brought together gun rights and responsibilities advocates, representatives from the gun industry, suicide prevention organizations, gun violence prevention advocacy groups, mental health and medical practitioners, researchers, and faith leaders over the last year to explore innovative ways to prevent suicide by firearm. Many of the dialogue participants had never met — much less engaged constructively together — prior to this encounter. 

Together, the group examined the data around firearm suicide, existing programs that are effectively helping to prevent gun suicide, and the areas where urgent action is needed in funding, research, education, and outreach to at-risk populations to save lives.

Join us on Tuesday, December 7th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET to hear directly from members of this diverse group of experts for this special release event for the Convergence Dialogue on Guns and Suicide Prevention report. Panelists will discuss their experience participating in the Convergence collaborative dialogue process and their ideas about what’s working and what more can be done in the fight against firearm suicide.