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NCJ Number: 227770 Find in a Library
Title: Position Statement: Prevention of Juvenile Suicide in Correctional Settings
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:15  Issue:3  Dated:July 2009  Pages:227-231
Corporate Author: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
United States of America
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
Chicago, IL 60614
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This position statement presents seven components of a successful suicide prevention program.
Abstract: Available information suggests a high incidence of suicidal behavior in juvenile correctional facilities. In addition, the available information suggests that most facilities lack an adequate suicide prevention curriculum. The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) recommends that all juvenile facilities develop and implement a comprehensive suicide prevention program that takes into consideration the unique characteristics of juvenile suicide risk in correctional settings. In this position statement, the NCCHC presents seven components of a successful suicide prevention program that focuses on recent research and implications for improved suicide prevention. The seven components include: staff training in suicide prevention, ongoing identification of risk, communication, housing, levels of monitoring, intervention, and mortality and morbidity review. All suicide prevention programs have a common goal: to prevent suicide, and, if a suicide occurs, to guide evaluation of the event to enable learning to improve care and enhance preventive actions. Resources and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile suicide
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Healthcare; Inmate health care; Juvenile health services; Program design; Program implementation; Program planning; Suicide; Suicide prevention
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