Preventing suicide in prisons, part I. Recommendations from the International Association for Suicide Prevention Task Force on Suicide in Prisons

Crisis. 2007;28(3):113-21. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910.28.3.113.


In 2000 the Department of Mental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO) published a guide named Preventing Suicide. A Resource for Prison Officers as part of the WHO worldwide initiative for the prevention of suicide. In 2007 there are new epidemiological data on prison suicide, a more detailed discussion of risk factors accounting for the generally higher rate of suicide in correctional settings in comparison to the general population, and several strategies for developing screening instruments. As a first step, this paper presents an update of the WHO guide by the Task Force on Suicide in Prisons, created by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. A second paper, by the same Task Force, will present some international comparisons of suicide prevention services in correctional facilities.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Prisoners / psychology
  • Prisons*
  • Suicide Prevention*
  • Suicide, Attempted / prevention & control