Year: 2000 Source: Criminal Justice and Behavior, v.27, no.5, (October 2000), p.581-599 SIEC No: 20010671

This article discusses various aspects of the successful coordination of an effective suicide prevention program in corrections. It reviews some of the major warning signs that should be examined by mental health providers evaluating inmates referred as having significant suicidal risk. A method of organizing the suicide assessment & categorizing referrals as inappropriate, malingering, or at true risk is discussed, along with methods of distinguishing among the 3 types. Some of the primary differences between suicide attempts & suicide gestures are reviewed as are other special considerations which should taken into account when formulating recommendations following suicide risk assessments. Various recommendations that can be used as a result of the assessments are presented. (45 refs.)