Year: 2000 Source: Corrections Today, v.102, no.7, (December 2000), p.110-114, 116-117 SIEC No: 20060946

This article discusses practical suicide prevention strategies in corrections. Education of staff & inmates is one part of prevention as are physical plant changes. Policies & procedures regarding suicide watches, use of restraints, & forced medication are discussed as a third path of prevention. Thorough intake screening, mental health assessments, & continuity of care is a fourth component. Morbidity & mortality review procedures & critical incident debriefing are essential parts of prevention. Finally, good, reliable communication between inmates & staff is essential. (4 refs.)