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BANOS CHAPARRO, Jonatan. Firearm Suicide: a public health problem. Medisur [online]. 2021, vol.19, n.2, pp.342-345.  Epub Apr 30, 2021. ISSN 1727-897X.

Suicide by fire arm is one of the most lethal and frequently used methods in children, adolescents, and older adults. A history of suicide attempts or previous discussions about the possibility of suicide increases the risk of suicide. This is a public health problem that requires greater attention and understanding; therefore, the objective of the study is to reflect on suicide by firearm and the prevention strategies that can be used to reduce its incidence. It emphasizes frequently used suicide methods, associated risk factors and the influence of the sociocultural context. The authorities and society in general play an important role in preventing these types of events, and therefore, in reducing deaths from this cause.

Keywords : Firearms; risk factors; public health; suicide.

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