Safe Communities launched a replication of New Hampshire’s Project Connect Gun Shop Project in 2016. As of 2017, 15 gun shops are participating and two gun shops went on to develop safe gun storage for people experiencing a suicidal crisis, and development of guides and “contracts” to facilitate the process of safe storage.Click here for a link to Safe Communities Gun Shop Project website
The Essential Shooting Supplies store in Mt. Horeb, part of the Gun Shop Project, established a safe gun storage process.. A person or family can bring however many guns they need to, drop them off at Essential Shooting Supplies, pay five dollars for a safety check and cleaning service and sign a simple contract. The firearms are then marked with a tag that notes the guns are not for sale. The back of the tag has a number, not a name, keeping everything anonymous. When a person or family is through their crisis, the guns can be picked up.
In September 2019, a bill was introduced in WI to fund statewide suicide prevention training for gun shop owners and gun range retailers. The bill is still in the review process as of 2020.
Prescription Drug Take Back Programs
Take Back My Meds is a coalition dedicated to making it easier for Milwaukee County residents to combat the opioid crisis by safely disposing of unused prescription medicine at a growing network of secure drug take back locations. This can help prevent suicide by restricting prescription drugs as a means of suicide by overdose.
For a directory of drug take back drop boxes outside of Milwaukee, click here
Other Suicide Prevention Resources for Men
Man Therapy is a tool designed to help men with their mental health. It uses humor and media to connect men and their families to facts, resources, and help in grappling with ongoing negative emotions.
Talk Like a Man: Communication and Connectedness for Men in the Middle Years
This webinar and related handouts explore the socialization and culture of men in the middle years. It is designed to help mental health care providers use effective messages to promote connectedness among men in their middle years.