Social distancing, isolation & firearm suicides in Maine

Firearm Suicide Rates in Maine and the United States, 2009 – 2018

During this time of social distancing and isolation, a reminder to check on those you know and love who may be struggling, and have access to guns. A stark reminder came just yesterday as a new report from the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence analyzing CDC data from 2018 shows that:

  • Suicides make up 89% of all firearm deaths in Maine.
  • More than half of all suicides in Maine are by firearm.
  • In 2018, there were 147 firearm suicide deaths in Maine.
  • Maine’s firearm suicide rate has been consistently higher than the overall United States’ rate. In 2018, Maine had the 23rd highest firearm suicide rate in the country.

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