This research was funded by Her Majesty's Prison Service for England and Wales. Views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of HM Prison Service. Thanks to Jo Paton and Steve Stanley in the Safer Custody Group for supporting this research.
Improvements to Suicide Prevention Training for Prison Staff in England and Wales
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
2008 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 708–713, December 2008
How to Cite
Hayes, A. J., Shaw, J. J., Lever-Green, G., Parker, D. and Gask, L. (2008), Improvements to Suicide Prevention Training for Prison Staff in England and Wales. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 38: 708–713. doi: 10.1521/suli.2008.38.6.708
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Received: November 1, 2006 Revision Accepted: March 2, 2008
Suicide prevention training for the prison service in England and Wales has been criticized. STORM is a package emphasizing the practice and review of interactions with suicidal persons and was evaluated in a pilot study for use in prisons. Trainees completed questionnaires immediately before and after training and at 6 to 8 months follow-up. Training significantly improved attitudes, knowledge, and confidence, and improvements were maintained at follow-up. Satisfaction with training was very high. STORM was successfully adapted for prison settings, and showed good effects among staff trained. It should be provided to the wider prison estate, with regular refresher training.