Suicide is a leading cause of death in prisons across the world and so to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 on 10th September, suicide in prison is the monthly theme for WEPHREN each September. Last year we highlighted suicide in Nepalese prisons and in South African prisons, and the recently published guidelines on Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. 

This year Dr Stephane Shepherd of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, speaks about his work exploring suicidal behaviours for indigenous males in custody in Australia. His research explores cross-cultural issues at the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. He has developed an international body of research and writing on risk and protective factors for violence and cultural differences in offending behaviours and mental ill health and the implications for assessment.



Shepherd, S.M., Spivak, B., Paradies, Y., & Arabena, K. (2018). Identifying the prevalence and predictors of suicidal behaviors for Indigenous males in custody. BMC Public Health, 18: 1159. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-6074-5


Heffernan E, Andersen K, Davidson F, Kinner SA. PTSD among aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in custody in Australia: prevalence and correlates. J Trauma Stress. 2015;28:523–30.



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Archive of themed collections:

Mental Health: October 2017

Children and prisons: November 2017

HIV and prisons: December 2017

Women and prison: February 2018

TB and prisons: March 2018

Immunizations and prisons: April 2018

World No Tobacco Day and prisons: May 2018

World Drug Day and prisons: June 2018

World Hepatitis Day and prisons: July 2018

International Youth Day: August 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day: September 2018

International Day of Older Persons: October 2018

> World Diabetes Day: November 2018

> World AIDS Day: December 2018 

> World Cancer Day: February 2019

> World TB Day: March 2019

> World No Tobacco Day May 2019

> International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: July 2019

> World Hepatitis Day: August 2019

> International Youth Day: August 2019