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Describe how you might assess an inmate for suicidality.
Analyze the differences of assessing suicidality of those who are incarcerated as compared those who are not.
Describe recommendations you might provide to correctional staff regarding an inmate you believe is suicidal, in order to help reduce the risk of the inmate attempting suicide.
Describe any potential pitfalls in determining if an inmate is suicidal.

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Since you did not indicate a source material, I am assuming that the task is about seeking available and utilized methods and then studying them for applicability. I suggest this simple outline:

1. Assessment for suicidality - description - 150 words 200
2. Assessing for suicidality between the incarcerated and the those who aren't - 150 to 200 words
3. Recommendations for correctional staff - 150 to 200 words

This should yield between 450 to 600 words which I think should cover what you need. Should you require a lengthier answer, you can always make your discussions more detailed and add more to ideas and elements. You can use the listed resources for further exploration of the topic.

Assessment for Suicidality

Suicide - the act of intentionally killing one's self is seen as one committed out of despair from causes that can be attributed to mental disorders like depression and schizophrenia or due to a range of stress factors like financial and employment issues of breakdown and troubles with personal relationships (i.e. a devastating divorce, break-ups, loss of loved-one). It is a troubling thought that over a million people die of suicide every year according to the World Health Organization through their program SUPRE, a worldwide initiative for the prevention of suicide. Their study showed that suicide is the single most common cause of death in prison, jails and penitentiaries and it is necessary to have "adequate suicide prevention and intervention services" in prisons, correction facilities and jails for both the protection of inmates and the institution (WHO 2007) worldwide. Their report also showed that correctional facilities worldwide, not just in the U.S., struggle with preventing inmate suicide because of the context of the setting. What then can be done to help in inmate suicide prevention? First off, Tripodi and Bender (2006) advise that to determine the applicable assessment instrument, it is important to clarify what suicide is all about. They explained that suicide is "...a range of thoughts and behaviors from suicidal ideation (thoughts and planning), to suicidal gestures (self-harming behaviors), to suicide attempts (serious harm to self that could result in death with no intervention), and finally to completions (harm to self resulting in death)." In their study, they looked into the prevalence of suicide among inmates across the U.S. to investigate the indicators, the factors that drive suicide and why, in such a controlled environment, suicide is ...

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Prisoner Suicide Prevention Program

Part 1: Based on research.

How prevalent is the incidence of prisoner suicide? Explain in detail.
What factors seem to contribute the most to prisoner suicide? Explain in detail, and use scholarly and academic resources to fully support your arguments.
What are the characteristics and histories of victims of prisoner suicide? Explain.
Where and under what circumstances is prisoner suicide likely to occur? Be detailed in your response, and provide examples to support your arguments.
Why are prison officials obligated to address the problem of prisoner suicide?

Part 2: Develop a policy/program aimed at prevention of inmate suicide in your prison.

Identify and describe key correctional departments and others, such as line staff, who should be involved in implementation of the policy and the role they should play.
Be specific and detailed in your response when explaining the importance of line staff.
The policy should address major components such as:
- Training
- Identification
- Referral
- Assessment
- Intervention
In your policy, identify the types of records that are to be maintained.
The policy should reference state and national standards.
The policy should also reflect staff and budget considerations.

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