Suicide is considered to be the leading cause of preventable death in prisons. While there is increasingly expansive literature examining the various risk factors associated with a likelihood of eventual prison suicide, so far this has struggled to lead to successful prevention programmes. An alternative approach is needed that seeks to understand, at the individual level, what leads a prisoner to contemplate ending their own life. This book describes how the authors developed and delivered evidence-based psychological interventions for suicide prevention in prison.
The authors present a compelling argument for a psychological approach to the prevention of prison suicide, drawing upon a cognitive behavioural perspective, with chapters investigating two novel psychological therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Suicide Prevention and Problem Solving Training. The methodology behind each study is presented alongside preliminary findings emerging from the evaluations, and detailed case studies are included as exemplars of the process and content of the therapies, as well as the individual and contextual challenges to be overcome. The book provides timely research into the development of a better understanding of why prisoners engage in suicide behaviour, and the preventive interventions showing the most promise for future investigation.
The Prevention of Suicide in Prison will be critical reading for clinical and forensic psychologists, psychological therapists, psychiatrists and other mental health staff working within a prison context, as well as postgraduates in training and researchers studying suicide in forensic settings.
Table of Contents
1. Suicide in Prisons: Introducing the problems Daniel Pratt 2. The Epidemiology of Prison Suicide Daniel Pratt 3. Psychological Models of Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour Patricia Gooding and Daniel Pratt 4. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Suicidal Prisoners Daniel Pratt 5. Problem-Solving Training for Suicidal Prisoners Amanda Perry, Mitch Waterman and Allan House 6. Forensic Patient and Public Involvement: The development and maintenance of an ex-offender service user reference group Yvonne Awenat 7. Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Psychological Interventions for the Prevention of Suicide in a Prison Setting Daniel Pratt 8. Improving the Delivery of Psychological Therapy within a Male High Security Prison: A qualitative enquiry Fiona Ulph 9. Concluding Reflections Daniel Pratt.
Daniel Pratt is Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Manchester University, UK, and a Clinical Psychologist at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT), UK.