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Prisoners on prisons: Experiences of peer-delivered suicide prevention work

Buck, Gillian; Tomczak, Philippa; Harriott, Paula; Page, Rebecca; Bradley, Kate; Nash, Mark; Wainwright, Lucy

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Gillian Buck

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Paula Harriott

Rebecca Page

Kate Bradley

Mark Nash

Lucy Wainwright


Prison suicide is a global concern, with rates consistently exceeding those in non-incarcerated populations. Prisoners deliver (suicide prevention) initiatives in jurisdictions around the world. As part of a research project seeking to foreground prisoner voices in criminological knowledge, former prisoners and academics coproduced an innovative, retrospective examination of peer-delivered prison suicide prevention in England. Our collaborative, autoethnographic research design involved focus group discussions and co-authored outputs. We offer fresh perspectives on peer-delivered suicide prevention, revealing overlooked limitations including traumatisation through ‘volunteering’. Findings include: the riskiness of prison peer support; inconsistencies in training and conditions; the importance of (supported) peer provision; and proposals for safer service development.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2023
Online Publication Date May 25, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jul 13, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 13, 2023
Journal Incarceration
Print ISSN 2632-6663
Electronic ISSN 2632-6663
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Keywords suicide, peer support, prison, mental health, wellbeing
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