Episode 13 - Voluntary Self-Prohibition: A Tool to Prevent Firearm Suicide
This webinar provides an overview of voluntary self-prohibition laws as a promising new tool to prevent firearm suicide and discusses how and when clinicians can offer patients this tool in states where the law exists.
Bryan Barks discusses how her own lived experience with bipolar disorder and suicidality led her to become an advocate for voluntary self-prohibition laws. She also discusses research on patients' willingness to use this tool and discuss key characteristics of a willing patient.
Bryan Barks is a writer and editor specializing in mental health communications. She holds a Master of Health Science in Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her graduate work focused on firearm suicide prevention – specifically healthcare providers’ role in the implementation of voluntary self-prohibition laws. She is currently working with faculty at Johns Hopkins to conduct a survey evaluating clinicians' use and awareness of voluntary self-prohibition in Virginia. Before attending graduate school, she served as Director of Strategic Communications at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, where she worked for six years. Her work, which often incorporates her lived experience with mental illness, has been published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Vox, and The Hill, among other publications.
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