Year: 1993 Source: Death Studies, v.17, no.5, (September-October 1993), p.381-409 SIEC No: 19930914

This paper looks at studies that have been based on recorded information alone on the nature of the prison suicide problem. Then the author looks at new and important insights which were gained through talking openly and systematically to prisoners and staff involved in prison suicide attempts. The paper concludes that situational triggers may be decisive in a suicide attempt at different thresholds depending on the prisoner’s vulnerability and the stress they are experiencing.