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Firearm storage for suicide prevention workshop planned

 

Last updated 9/7/2022 at 10:47pm

Courtesy of The Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County

As suicide continues to plague society, and in particular affect the Pikes Peak Region, the Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County (www.spcollab.org), which coordinates efforts of community stakeholders such as the El Paso County Sheriff's Office (EPSO) to address this challenge, continues its work to educate, empower, and team with fellow citizens to combat the challenge suicide has on the citizens who live in the municipalities within El Paso County as well as on the hundreds of thousands of folks who live in the unincorporated areas of our county.

One specific area the Collaborative recognizes must be continuously emphasized is educating neighbors in how to prevent access for those in crisis to firearms through safe storage means, EPSO officials said, adding that suicide by firearm is by far the most used method in El Paso County by those who attempt death by suicide.

Through grant funding, local college students teamed with the Collaborative and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to host several workshops recently to present current statistical information on local suicide rates, discuss firearms storage laws, and discuss and demonstrate a variety of firearms safes and storage products available on the commercial market. These workshops began on August 24th and are taking place at various locations in Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, and unincorporated El Paso County. More information on these events can be found at https://bit.ly/3PUrNPt.

The general public, as with all of these town hall meetings, is invited to attend. The next event is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Fountain Library, 230 S. Main St. Individuals are invited to learn from community leaders about how this issue is impacting El Paso County and why securing a firearm can save a life. Food will be provided, and the session will be 1.5-2 hours. Each interested attendee will be entered into a drawing for a free firearm safe.

Space is limited to 30 participants, so please visit the following link to register in advance for one of the six workshops offered throughout El Paso County:

To register, visit https://linktr.ee/safefamiliessaferhomes

"The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with our community partners, remains committed to the important work of safeguarding our community through the prevention of suicide," said EPSO Sgt. Jason Garrett in a news release.

 

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