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Guns, Depression, and Suicide Prevention:

Mental Health and guns - Is It time for Universal Home Safety Screening?


Mental Health and guns questionnaire / study | As part of an effort to examine the consequences of COVID-19, the authors used the 9-Item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) depression screening scale as well as a dichotomous yes or no question regarding gun ownership. Additionally, they inquired about recency of purchase, future plans for acquiring guns, and reasons for obtaining them.

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Depression, Suicide Concerns up among Teens during pandemic

Mental Health. | Depression and suicide concerns increased among adolescents during the pandemic,

especially among females, according to a study recently published online in Pediatrics.

Stephanie L Mayne, PhD, from The Possibilities Project Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues compared the percent of primary care visits among adolescents aged 12 to 21 years with screening for depression, screening positive for depression, and screening positive for suicide risk between June and December 2019 and June and December 2020 (pre-pandemic vs pandemic periods).

The researchers found that during the pandemic period, there was a decrease in depression screening at primary care visits from 77.6% to 75.8% (prevalence ratio, 0.98; 95% confidence interval, 0.90 to 1.06).

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