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Gun Shop Project

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Safe Communities launched a replication of New Hampshire’s Project Connect Gun Shop Project in 2016. The program is promoted on Harvard University’s Means Matters website as a means reduction strategy.

The project was featured in a Wisconsin State Journal article by David Wahlberg:  “The Gun Shop Project is an educational campaign involving posters, brochures and tip sheets discussing proper handling and storage of guns and advice on preventing their use in suicides. 

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Retailers are urged to use extra caution in deciding whether to sell guns to people exhibiting signs they may be suicidal.

“Regular customers are asked to store guns outside of their home if a loved one is struggling emotionally with job loss, legal trouble, a relationship breakup or other kind of crisis.”


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Looking for Safe Storage of Guns During a Crisis? Contact Participating Firearms Retailers

  • Max Creek Outdoors, Steve D’Orazio, 1042 Park Street, Oregon, WI (608) 835-3825
  • Mountain Man Guns, Daniel Yeager, N3062 Asje Road, Cambridge, WI (608) 424-3792


Safe Communities is not a counseling or crisis center and does not provide direct services. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.