Cognitive Behavioural Suicide Prevention for Male Prisoners: Case Examples.

Daniel Pratt, Patricia Gooding, Steven Eccles, Yvonne Awenat, Nicholas Tarrier

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    Suicide is a serious public health problem but a problem that is preventable. This complex and challenging problem is particularly prevalent among prisoners, who are associated with a five-fold increase in risk compared to the general community. Being in prison can lead people to experience fear, distrust, lack of control, isolation, and shame, which is often experienced as overwhelming and intolerable, with some choosing suicide as a way to escape. Few effective psychological interventions exist to prevent suicide, although cognitive behavior therapies appear to offer some promise. Offering cognitive behavior suicide prevention (CBSP) therapy to high-risk prisoners may help to reduce the likelihood of self-inflicted deaths. In this paper we present three cases drawn from a randomized controlled trial designed to investigate the feasibility of CBSP for male prisoners. Implications of the current findings for future research and clinical practice are considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


    • suicide prevention
    • cognitive behavior therapy
    • prisoner


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