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Myths: Firearms, Mental Illness and Suicide
 
Myth: Most homicides are completed by people with mental illness. 

Truth: First, it is important to recognize that mental illness affects 1 in 4 people, or upwards of 70 million    in the US.
 
The vast majority of violence in our country is NOT perpetrated by persons with serious mental disorders. The best available estimates indicate that of all the violent acts committed in the US, only 4 to 5% is attributable to people with mental illness.

NAMI, National Alliance for Mental Illness
Myth: Most firearm deaths are homicides;

Truth: More firearm suicides are completed with a gun than homicides. 

CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013
Myth: Having a gun in your house will protect you and your family.

Truth: The health risks of owning a gun are so established and scientifically non-controvertible that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2000 recommending that pediatricians urge parents to remove all guns from their homes.
 

If you have a gun, everybody in your home is more likely than your non-gun-owning neighbors and their families to die in a gun-related accident, suicide or homicide.

Furthermore, there is no credible evidence that having a gun in your house reduces your risk of being a victim of a crime. Nor does it reduce your risk of being injured during a home break-in.

And it doesn’t matter how the guns are stored or what type or how many guns you own.

Thank you THRIVENT for your generous donation so that we could buy much needed displays and handouts for our audiences. 
We educate, empower, provide resources and consultation to ALL faith based communities so that they can bring awareness, reduce stigma and provide hope about mental illness and suicide prevention. 
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Remember: 
Faith communities can change the world by speaking up about suicide prevention and mental illness in this new century. 
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