Lock to Live
Posted on: April 26, 2021

This tool (Lock to Live) can help you make decisions about temporarily reducing access to potentially dangerous things, like firearms, medicines, sharp objects, or other household items.

You or someone you know may feel hopeless, down, or alone right now. Many people have gotten through times like this, and you can too. The promise of tomorrow can start with small steps towards safety today. Storing dangerous items securely when someone is at risk of suicide increases the chance they will survive. It is like holding on to a friend’s car keys while they are drinking.

Suicide means safety decision aid (Lock to Live) is now available in Spanish. Both the English and Spanish versions are free for public use and will soon be linked to each other.

• Betz ME, Knoepke CE, Simpson S, Siry BJ, Clement A, Saunders T, Johnson R, Azrael D, Boudreaux ED, Omeragic F, Adams LM, Almond S, Juarez-Colunga E, Matlock DD. An Interactive Web-Based Lethal Means Safety Decision Aid for Suicidal Adults (Lock to Live): Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Jan 29;22(1):e16253. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32012056/
• Betz ME, Knoepke CE, Siry B, Clement A, Azrael D, Ernestus S, Matlock DD. ‘Lock to Live’: development of a firearm storage decision aid to enhance lethal means counselling and prevent suicide. Inj Prev. 2019 Sep;25(Suppl 1):i18-i24. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30317220/
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Owensboro, Kentucky

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