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9/12/2019  |   1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   |  Cascade AB

Focus on Firearms: Data and Practical Skills for Preventing Gun Deaths Within Utah's Culture

Suicidal behavior and intimate partner violence are closely linked. For both, the presence of a firearm is a determinate factors in whether those involved will survive or die. Guns, which are highly accessible in Utah, are the most fatal methods of suicide or homicide. Firearms are involved in 50% of suicides, 57% of homicides, and 86% of homicide-suicides in Utah. While many people own firearms for home protection, research shows that firearms are far more likely to be used to injure or kill a member of the household than an intruder. This workshop will introduce new Utah-specific data on this topic. It will also train participants in how to engage in a brief counseling intervention with gun-owning individuals and families that can dramatically increase their safety in the event of a crisis. The training has been developed in partnership with Utah gun owners to ensure the life-saving messages resonate with and respect their highly-affected community.

Morissa Henn (Primary Presenter,Co-Presenter), Intermountain Healthcare, morissa.henn@imail.org;
Morissa Henn is the Community Health Program Director at Intermountain Healthcare, providing system-level leadership on suicide prevention and implementing strategies across the Community Health portfolio. Morissa completed her Masters of Public Health at Columbia University and her Doctorate in Public Health at Harvard University.

Kim Myers (Co-Presenter), Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, kmyers@utah.gov;
Kim Myers currently works as the Administrator for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services with the Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and is focused on reducing suicide rates and building healthy communities. Kim received her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University.


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