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Gun Shop Project

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

The signs include:

  • having no knowledge about guns
  • showing no interest in learning about guns
  • not caring what kind of gun they purchase
  • mentioning a recent crisis
  • avoiding eye contact
  • appearing distraught

“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.”

In 2017, we made another round of visits to all Dane County gun shops to replenish supplies and gather feedback about their experience as Gun Shop Project participants.  Jean Papalia, our Gun Shop Project coordinator, visited 15 shops and secured commitment to continue with the program from the majority.

We have also expanded partnerships with two gun shops to include provision of safe gun storage for people experiencing a suicidal crisis, and development of guides and “contracts” to facilitate the process of safe storage.

Chuck Lovelace, owner of Essential Shooting Supplies and champion of The Gun Shop Project, will receive a BeSafe Award on October 19th, 2017 to recognize his unique contribution to suicide prevention.

SUICIDE CRISIS LINE

Dane County Suicide Crisis Line: (608) 280-2600

National Suicide Prevention Line:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
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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).

our programs

We are currently focusing on three major program initiatives: 

ZERO SUICIDE INITIATIVE
ZERO SUICIDE INITIATIVE

Safe Communities is coordinating a Zero Suicide partnership that includes all area health care systems, as well as community organizations with a role to play in suicide prevention. The initiative is modeled after Henry Ford Health Care System’s program, which demonstrated an 80% reduction in suicide among health care plan members.

QPR TRAINING
QPR TRAINING

Safe Communities offers a free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training where participants learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, and how to seek help to save a life.

QPR is CPR for Suicide Prevention.

GUN SHOP PROJECT
GUN SHOP PROJECT

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

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UnityPoint Health-Meriter Foundation

Journey Mental Health Center

The Medical Staff of UnityPoint Health-Meriter

UW Health

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin

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