Store It Safe Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program

Reversing the Trend of Irreversible Actions

Store It Safe is a unique partnership of healthcare providers, firearm safety experts, and community organizations established to keep children safe from unintentional firearm deaths and teens safe from suicide by firearms.  Our goal is to inform families of risks so they can keep their teens safe.

  • Adolescent suicide has increased 58% in the past 10 years
  • The teen brain is still developing, which can lead to emotional situations that override their still-developing impulse control
  • Teens can engage in risky behaviors and react to seemingly small stressors

How you can help!

Thank you to our partners who have already been awarded gun boxes and are helping us spread the Store It Safe message to prevent teen suicide!

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Akron Children’s Hospital Lakewood Local Schools
Wood County Park District Police Department NAMI Richland County South Euclid Police Department

How OHio AAP can help you! 

  • PROVIDING EDUCATION to healthcare providers, pediatricians, family doctors, clinicians, and parents and teens statewide
    • Training includes using the depression screening and providing educational tools and resources to families, including lock boxes for patients to safely store firearms and medications. Data collected by the Ohio AAP shows that families consider pediatricians the most trusted source for education on injury prevention and firearm safety
  • DEVELOPING PUBLIC POLICY that would include a tax credit for families to purchase lock boxes and/or other security measures for safe storage solutions for their home.

Contact Melissa Wervey Arnold, Ohio AAP Chief Executive Officer, at via email or (614) 846-6258 to learn about becoming involved with the Foundation Pillar of the Ohio AAP