Year: 1997 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (30th: 1997: Memphis), p.21-23 SIEC No: 19990597

An Inmate Suicide Companion Program for use in federal correctional facilities in the USA was described in this presentation. The program involves training selected inmates in active listening skills & observational techniques that will aid them in serving as companions to inmates placed on a suicide watch. The presentation discussed: roles & responsibilities of a suicide companion, selection, training, supervision, & record keeping. Potential benefits of the program are briefly mentioned.