Suicide, Access to Guns, & Extreme Risk Protection Orders

What Providers and Families Need to Know

Suicide, Access to Guns, & Extreme Risk Protection Orders
Extreme Risk Protection Orders

CE Credit

1 CE for Psychologists (nationwide), 1 CE for Social Workers (Virginia & DC only)

Intended For

Mental health professionals, Allied health professionals, Educators, and Families


Recorded Webinar - 1 Hour

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and the most common method of suicide, by far, is by gun. Although the vast majority of suicide attempts are survived, those individuals who have access to a gun almost always die.

Many aspects of suicide risk are difficult to address; however access to lethal means is readily addressable through a variety of simple interventions. These interventions range from recommendations of safe storage, out-of-home-storage, self-prohibition, or in extreme cases, the use of an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO).

This interactive webinar will familiarize participants of all levels with the basic epidemiology of firearm suicide, as well as the broader research demonstrating the efficacy of lethal means access reduction in the US and abroad.

Participants will learn about the relatively new Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws, which are being implemented throughout the country. Maryland and Washington, DC are among the very few regions where clinicians can and are obligated to file ERPOs when they are treating a patient who may be a danger to themselves or others when armed with a firearm. ERPOs were created to prevent gun deaths. Learn about the current laws in your state here. 

You can read more about the connection between suicide and access to guns in this Ross Center article.


  • Review the epidemiology of firearm suicide

  • Illustrate the importance of lethal means access in suicide risk

  • Describe the evidence behind Extreme Risk Protection Orders



    • 1 CE for Psychologists (nationwide), 1 CE for Social Workers (Virginia and Washington, DC) 

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WITHOUT CE CREDIT (For families, educators and other providers)


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PRESENTED BY: Paul Nestadt, MD

Dr. Paul Nestadt is an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Nestadt’s research focuses on practical risk factors for suicide, such as firearm access and opioid use. He co-directs the doctoral level “Suicide as a Public Health Problem” course in the school of public health, and guest lectures broadly on suicidality, anxiety disorders, and psychiatric evaluation. You can read more about ERPO’s in Dr. Nestadt’s editorial in the Washington Post: Extreme Risk Protection Orders can Prevent Suicide

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“Very helpful info on data and risks of firearms and suicide. We all seriously needed this info about ERPOs.”
“I loved the build up of evidence. He presented a clear, convincing argument for interventions with guns to prevent suicides.”
“It was informative and educational. The presenter had a lot of experience in the areas of suicide and guns, being a psychiatrist and researcher. Professionally, the presentation was helpful given the Supreme Court Ruling on Guns in New York, so that as a provider I know what I should be aware for a patient in crisis who may have access to firearms and how to make use of ERPOs.
“I’d listen to entire day with this presenter. He was great.”
“Resource materials were excellent and very useful.”

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  • Paul Nestadt, MD


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