Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Facilities

"For every two youth (ages 0-19) murdered in 1996, one youth committed suicide" (Snyder and Sickmund, 1999:24). Youth suicide is recognized as a serious public health problem, but suicide within juvenile facilities has not received comparable attention, and the extent and nature of these deaths remain unknown. Collaborative efforts among child-serving agencies and technical assistance training for juvenile facility staff are just two of the components that are essential for suicide prevention within secure juvenile detention and correctional facilities. Now is the time to focus additional attention and resources on preventing suicide within these facilities.

Juvenile Justice - Youth With Mental Health Disorders:
Issues and Emerging Responses
April 2000,
Volume VII · Number 1