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An Effective Jail-Based Suicide Prevention Program  

Author:  Adam J.  White, Ph.D..; Michael D.  Armstrong, M.D..

Source: Volume 10, Number 06, September/October 2009 , pp.81-86(6)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Suicide is a leading cause of death in many jails and prisons (Scott & Gerbasi, 2005). According to Tartaro and Lester (2005), at least 280 people commit suicide in jail each year. The rate of suicide in county jails is estimated to be fi ve times greater than in the general population (Stephan, 2001). The incidence of suicide in jail and prison inmates is 47 per 100,000 (Tartaro & Lester, 2005), as compared to 11 per 100,000 in the general population. This article describes a highly effective suicide prevention program.

Keywords: Hanging, Laceration, Ingestion of toxins, Jumping, High Risk Groups, High-Risk Periods, High-Risk Areas

Affiliations:  1: GEO Care, Inc..

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