Research projects on suicide

Our previous research on suicide focussed on self-inflicted deaths of prisoners, including a review for the Ministry of Justice on suicides of foreign national prisoners. In contrast, our current research is focussed on offenders serving community sentences, under probation supervision, which is a very neglected area of research.

Our research is carried out in collaboration with forensic psychologists from the London Probation Trust. Together we have examined how probation officers make decisions about identifying clients at risk of suicide, and we are completing a review of factors contributing to self-inflicted deaths on probation during 2010-2013.

Jay Mackenzie (PhD student) is exploring the experiences of offenders under probation supervision who have survived an attempted suicide and interviewing probation supervisors to compare perspectives and identify good practice.

For further information contact Dr Jo Borrill, [email protected]