8 episodes

How can we have open-minded talks about gun safety? It’s vital considering 40% of Americans have a gun at home. This series unpacks real-life scenarios around guns and suicide, dementia, children, health care workers, and more. Through stories and interviews, we offer practical and non-judgmental ways to talk about gun safety in tough situations. With the right tools, you can have conversations that meet people where they are. This isn’t a show about taking sides - it’s about saving lives.

Let’s Talk About Your Guns CSTS

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.3 • 12 Ratings

How can we have open-minded talks about gun safety? It’s vital considering 40% of Americans have a gun at home. This series unpacks real-life scenarios around guns and suicide, dementia, children, health care workers, and more. Through stories and interviews, we offer practical and non-judgmental ways to talk about gun safety in tough situations. With the right tools, you can have conversations that meet people where they are. This isn’t a show about taking sides - it’s about saving lives.

    Extreme Risk Protection Orders

    Extreme Risk Protection Orders

    Sometimes conversations about safe storage break down. Someone you care about has ready access to firearms, but they are behaving in ways that you know make them unsafe. Extreme Risk Protection Orders were created to meet that need. We hear from Dorothy Paugh, who was instrumental in getting Extreme Risk Protection Orders - or Red Flag laws - passed in her home state of Maryland. We also talk to Dr Shannon Frattaroli about the effectiveness of these laws in preventing gun violence. Finally, we talk with Montgomery County Maryland Sheriff Darren Popkin about how these laws really work in the community.
    Resources, transcripts and more at https://www.cstsonline.org/suicide-prevention-program/podcasts

    • 31 min
    Partners in Safety

    Partners in Safety

    Four in ten American households own guns. Yet many couples may never discuss safe storage until there is a crisis situation. In this episode, we discuss how to talk about guns, safety and risk with those who are the closest and most important people in our lives: our spouses and partners. We hear from Julie Still, whose conversation about safe storage with her husband may have saved his life. We’ll also hear from Dr. Leanne Knobloch, who offers guidance for spouses who want to talk about firearm safety but aren't sure how to do it.
     
    Resources, transcripts and more at https://www.cstsonline.org/suicide-prevention-program/podcasts

    • 24 min
    Gatekeepers

    Gatekeepers

    Each year thousands of ordinary Americans have a chance to say "Yes" to saving the life of a colleague, neighbor, or acquaintance. How? Simply by having a conversation about firearm safety. In this episode, we explore how trusted members of a community act as gatekeepers in suicide prevention. We hear from Reverend Seth Still, whose experience with his own guns in a dark time changed the conversations with the people he serves. We’ll also hear from Dr. Rajeev Ramchand, an epidemiologist who discusses how gatekeepers can make a difference.
     
    Resources, transcripts and more at https://www.cstsonline.org/suicide-prevention-program/podcasts

    • 27 min
    I've Got Your Back, Buddy

    I've Got Your Back, Buddy

    Anything to help a friend… Those aren’t just words. In this episode, we talk about the importance of peer conversations about firearm safety as a way to prevent suicide. We hear from Jay Zimmerman, a veteran whose approach to conversations about safe storage changed after his best friend died by suicide. We also talk to Dr Adam Walsh, a suicide prevention researcher who shares why peer conversations might be one of the most effective ways to improve gun safety and prevent suicide.
    Resources, transcripts and more at https://www.cstsonline.org/suicide-prevention-program/podcasts

    • 24 min
    Doctors and Patients

    Doctors and Patients

    Should gun safety be part of medical training? Most health care providers talk to patients about quitting smoking, but not firearm safety. Both are major causes of preventable death. We hear from Dr. Mary Campagnolo, a physician who wonders if a conversation about guns and safety would have prevented the suicide of a patient. We also talk to Dr Joseph Simonetti, a primary care physician, about ways for health care providers to have constructive conversations with patients about gun safety. Resources, transcripts and more at https://www.cstsonline.org/suicide-prevention-program/podcasts

    • 25 min
    Keeping Kids Safe

    Keeping Kids Safe

     How do you talk to other parents about guns? We offer tips on how to have this vital conversation - one many parents overlook. From 2015-2020, there were at least 2100 unintentional shootings by children, 800 of them fatal. All of these incidents were preventable. Hear from District Attorney Matthew Weintraub as he shares the heart-wrenching story of 2-year-old Benjamin Smith who accidentally shot himself with a gun left on a nightstand. We also talk to Dr. Alison Tothy about safe gun practices in our own homes and in the homes of others. The takeaway is ASK: Asking Saves Kids. Resources, transcripts and more at https://www.cstsonline.org/suicide-prevention-program/podcasts. 

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

jaskots ,

Sane Conversations

An amazing podcast. Each episode features concrete and informative conversations we should all be having about the responsibilities of gun ownership in the US. There is nothing political about this podcast. Only honest discussions. A ‘must’ listen.

Player44 ,

Powerful Podcast

My heart is full of emotion; these stories have opened my eyes regarding gun safety and making plans to address mental health. These families sharing their experiences is powerful.

Carm77@ ,

Great information on a tough topic

This is a hard topic to discuss, but the podcast does a great job giving practical tips in a non- judgmental way.

Top Podcasts In Health & Fitness

Huberman Lab
Scicomm Media
The School of Greatness
Lewis Howes
Hysterical
Hysterical
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
iHeartPodcasts
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Ten Percent Happier
ZOE Science & Nutrition
ZOE