Suicides account for more than half of all gun deaths in America, and in 2021, more than 80 percent of all gun suicides were among white Americans, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
In Dan “Danno” Hedrick’s home state of Wyoming, where he lost his own brother to a gun suicide, he told @wbrangham that when you combine the “cowboy-up” stigma towards mental health with widespread access to guns, it can create a tragic “perfect storm.”
****If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or self harm, there is always help available: Call or text 988, or visit 988lifeline.org.****
Learn more from PBS NewsHour’s special report on guns violence, “Ricochet: An American Trauma.” Click the link in our bio to watch the documentary.
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