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Nationwide, Suicide Accounts For Six Out Of Ten Of All Gunfire Deaths
Updated August 10, 2018 6:50 AM
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(UNDATED) - Nationwide, suicide accounts for six out of ten of all gunfire deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control found that of 36,252 gunfire deaths in 2015, firearms suicide accounted for 22,018 fatal shootings.

Suicide was the tenth leading cause of the loss of life in Indiana in 2016 and the second leading cause of death of state residents between the ages of 15 and 34.

At 8.91 suicides per 100,000 population, Indiana is 25th in the nation.

The American Federation for Suicide Prevention have taken the message of firearms safety to the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence cites studies that indicate impulsivity and access to a firearm in a household, "makes suicide three times more likely."

American Federation for Suicide Prevention will hold its annual Out of the Darkness Walk September 15th at White River State Park in Indianapolis. Check-in/Registration Time is at 12:30 p.m. with the walk beginning at 2:30 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Registration is free and open to the public. To register click here.

If you or anyone you know may be experiencing a life threatening mental health crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK.



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