Within a correctional institution all mental health services including suicide prevention services are built on three legs. Institutions get themselves in trouble when they ignore or forget one of the legs. The legs being 1.assessment of lethality.2. classification of risk and development of a treatment plan 3. communication of the above between shifts and documentation that all three have been done.. I have been surprised when evaluating successful suicide how often there is an assessment of risk a treatment plan developed but a failure to share the information. Thoughts?
Suicide Prevention Outcomes
The ideal outcome in suicide prevention programs is for the programs to take effect - that suicides are prevented, that suicidality and suicide ideation is spotted and an effective intervention program is put in place. In any regimented organization where its members are the responsibility of the administration/hierarchy, there are roles that key individuals play - these roles are assigned to them according to their skills and training as well as their experience. This is true for the US Department of Veterans Affairs who utilize a safety Plan Treatment to Reduce Suicide Risk (Stanley & Brown, 2008) where ...
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