The Role of Gun Access in Dangerousness Risk for Psych Patients

Released March 30, 2023

The Role of Gun Access in Dangerousness Risk for Psych Patients

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US, with rates rising by over 30% over the past 20 years. While most suicide attempts are survived, with survivors rarely going on to later die by suicide, firearm attempts are almost always fatal and make up the majority of suicide deaths. This webinar will provide guidance in screening for firearm access in our patients, recommending safe storage, out of home transfers, or red flag petitions, putting clinicians in a position to save lives.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Recognizing suicide as a public health problem
  • Screening for firearm access and educating patients on the risks
  • Recommending safe storage for all firearms and more active measures for those at risk
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About the Presenter

Paul Nestadt, MD

Dr. Paul Nestadt is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He serves as Clinical Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and attends on the inpatient dual diagnosis unit and outpatient esketamine clinics. Dr. Nestadt is a nationally renowned expert on the practical risk factors for suicide, such as firearm and opioid access. He is a leader in education regarding suicidality, anxiety disorders, and psychiatric evaluation at Johns Hopkins and directs the doctoral level course, "Suicide as a Public Health Problem" and codirects the Public Health Track for psychiatry residents. He has written dozens of chapters for leading psychiatric and medical textbooks, over 60 peer-reviewed papers, and is the managing editor of the Johns Hopkins POC-IT Psychiatry guide app. He has spoken nationally and internationally on the topics of suicide risk and the role of firearms, opiates, and the limitations of screening.

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Last updated: March 30, 2023