Suicide Risk and Mental Health Co-morbidities in a Probationer Population

Roberto Cardarelli, Elizabeth Balyakina, Kendra Malone, Kimberly G. Fulda, Michael Ellison, Ron Sivernell, Tanjina Shabu

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Abstract

Mental health problems are disproportionately represented in the community corrections system with limited information on the epidemiology of mental health and correlated factors such as suicide among probationers. This study recruited 2,077 probationers who completed screeners for mental health and substance disorders and suicide risk. Results found 13 % of probationers were at high risk of suicide. Those who screened positive for a mental health condition were between 2 and 8 times more likely to screen positive for suicide risk. Allocation of additional resources to mental health in the criminal justice system and to effectively coordinate existing mental health services is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Mental illness
  • Probationers
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide

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    Cardarelli, R., Balyakina, E., Malone, K., Fulda, K. G., Ellison, M., Sivernell, R., & Shabu, T. (2014). Suicide Risk and Mental Health Co-morbidities in a Probationer Population. Community Mental Health Journal, 51(2), 145-152. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-014-9771-2