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Preventing prison suicide:Perspectives from the inside

Centre for Mental Health and the Howard League for Penal Reform are working together to prevent suicide in prisons. The work explores how police, the judiciary, prisons and healthcare providers can collaborate to prevent people from taking their own lives in prison.

This is the second in a series of briefings. It focuses on the views of people currently in (or with previous experience of) prison, exploring what contributes to vulnerability and risk of suicide in prison and makes recommendations, based on their views and experiences, about what would make a difference. Centre for Mental Health worked with the charity User Voice to facilitate four focus groups – two in prison and two with former prisoners who had been released within the previous 12 months. 30 participants took part in the focus groups, including 15 men and 15 women. Six were former prisoners.