C. Brooker, K. Tocque, G. West, A.N.Taylor, and J. Fowler in their literature review found published research indicating suicide being a significant issue in probation. Suicide rates are increasing and there is a greater risk of death from suicide for probationers when compared with prisoners or to the general population. They have proposed a prospective large study of suicide in probation services, embedded in the ideation-to-action model, that would be of great value in identifying interventions in probation services aimed at reducing the high suicide rate.
The findings are discussed within the context of the suicide ideation-to-action models that have been debated in other offender settings. The author concludes that a more nuanced understanding of suicidal acts and suicide attempts is required in probation services including a prospective study that tests the ideation-to-action model.
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