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County Reminds Residents on Securing Guns – Suicide Prevention Resources


The Cortland County Health Department along with the Mental Health Department and the Coroner’s Office are reminding residents of Cortland County on secure gun storage practices and the resources available if they are, or someone they may know, is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

According to a press release by the Health Department, suicide from firearms is preventable. Warning signs of someone who may be suicidal include: talking about wanting to die, looking for ways to kill themselves, talking about hopelessness or no reason to live, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain, increase use of drugs and alcohol, extreme mood swings, and showing rage.

To prevent a suicide via a firearm, the Health Department says firearms should be securely stored. Some of methods to securely store guns are: cable locks, gun case, lock boxes, and full size gun safes.

For someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts and is in ownership or has access to firearms the best thing to do is removing access to all firearms either by removing them from the residence, and then storing them securely offsite.

Resources are available for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Calling or texting 9-8-8 will connect you to a trained counselor who will listen, offer support, and connect you with resources. Both the call and texts are free and available 24 hours a day. In-person and virtual (tele-therapy) mental health treatment for county residents. They are the County Mental Health Department Clinic (607) 758-6100 and Family & Children’s Counseling Services (607) 753-0234.

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