Suicide prevention is a critical issue that requires collaboration and effort from different community sectors. To address one underserved sector, I have been working with jails and detention centers to provide suicide prevention training to their staff.
Recently, the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center participated in a pilot suicide prevention training program that I helped to organize. The program provided detention center staff with the necessary tools and skills to identify and respond to potential suicide risks among incarcerated youth.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with detention centers to improve jail and detention staff and incarcerated individuals’ mental health and well-being. Suicide prevention is a complex issue, but by working together and providing training and support to those in jails and detention centers, we can help reduce the risk of suicide among correctional officers and incarcerated people. By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.