Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tackling prison suicides

The rate of suicide among prisoners has risen in recent years despite the fact that the suicide rate among the rest of the population has fallen. A study of 264 prisoners in four prisons has found that those judged to be at a high risk of self-harm or suicide had a significantly higher rate of mental illness than other prisoners and that there was a high level of suicide risk which had not been identified by the prison authorities. The study also found problems with the delivery of healthcare to at-risk prisoners and difficulties in the documentation of those prisoners' mental health issues and the researchers called for the care-planning and information-sharing processes within prisons and between prisons and other agencies to be improved.

Senior, Jane ... [et al] - The identification and management of suicide risk in local prisons The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 18(3), 2007, 368-380

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