One Thing You Can Do.

Access to a gun can be the difference between life and death in a moment of crisis. 

When someone you love is showing warning signs that they might try to harm themselves, it can feel like there is nothing you can do in such a high-stakes and emotional situation.

But there is one thing you can do: you can request a Red Flag order, sometimes known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), to temporarily remove guns from the situation and help keep your loved one safe.

If you’re worried that your loved one is in crisis and at risk of hurting themselves, you can seek a Red Flag order to temporarily suspend their access to firearms - the most lethal form of suicide - until the crisis passes. Red Flag orders are referred to by different names in different states, but their purpose is the same: to protect people who may be at risk.

An Intervention That Works

When a loved one is in crisis, family members are often the first to recognize warning signs. A Red Flag order gives you a way to intervene when you have reason to believe your loved one is at serious risk of harming themselves or others. And that can be a life-saving intervention.

85 %

Firearm suicide is uniquely lethal - 85 percent of suicide attempts using a gun end in death.

005 %

But if you take guns out of the equation, less than 5 percent of suicide attempts are fatal.

70 %

70% of people who survive a suicide attempt will never attempt suicide again.

In Case Of Urgent Crisis.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text "HOME" to 741741

If you have immediate safety concerns, call 911 for emergency assistance.