Juvenile Justice System
The juvenile justice system is an important setting for suicide prevention. Guidance from the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, which provides suicide prevention services in these settings, suggests the following:
- All personnel who have contact with youth in these settings should be trained in suicide prevention.
- Screening for suicide risk should be done on an ongoing basis.
- Suicidal youth should not be isolated from others and the use of physical restraints should be avoided and only used as a last resort.
- It is essential to ensure continued follow-up care for suicide risk after discharge.
- Read the center’s Guide to Developing and Revising Suicide Prevention Protocols within Juvenile Facilities.
- For Recommended Resources that address juvenile and adult justice systems, see our Justice System page.
- See All Resources Related to Juvenile Justice System (below) for a full list of materials, programs, trainings, and other information available from SPRC. Use the filters on the left to narrow your results.
- For more on other settings and groups, see our Settings and Populations pages.