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.

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