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Suicide reduction in medium security

Journal/Book: J Forensic Psychiatry. 1996; 7: 11 New Fetter Lane, London, England EC4P 4EE. Routledge. 406-412.

Abstract: The majority of patients in regional and interim secure units are severely mentally ill and therefore fall within a key target group for suicide reduction in the Health of the Nation (Department of Health, 1992). A survey of 19 medium secure units showed that half had experienced a death by deliberate self-harm. Hanging-accounted for almost all such. deaths and schizophrenia was the most likely diagnosis. This article highlights the risk factors associated with such patients and the complexities surrounding suicide prevention measures. A strategy is suggested that focuses on observation and physical measures for those at immediate risk and life-enhancing strategies for those at long-term high risk.

Note: Article A James, Langdon Hosp, Exeter Rd, Dawlish EX7 0NR, Devon, England

Keyword(s): suicide prevention; medium security; regional secure units

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