The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) has a limited supply of free locking medication boxes and trigger locks that fit a wide variety of firearms. This regional "Lock and Talk Northern Virginia" safety program is a collaborative initiative of the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN).
Studies show that when firearms are accessible, individuals are more than three times likely to die by suicide and that the majority of people who suicide use firearms (61%) or poisons (19%). Limiting access to firearms and poisons (known as lethal means restriction) for a person in crisis is an essential strategy for preventing suicide.
Talking about the problem of suicide can save lives, reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking behaviors.