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‘Gatekeeper Model’ mooted to prevent suicides in prisons

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 24, Jul 2021
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Reason: There is prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorder in about 80% of the prison population

  • National Institute of Mental Health and  Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, has recommended the “Gatekeeper Model” where selected inmates, trained to identify prisoners at risk of suicide, would refer them to treatment or supportive services.
  • The concept of a ‘Buddy System’ — social support through  trained prisoners called “buddies” or “listeners” — was found to have a good impact on the well-being of suicidal prisoners.
  • Periodic telephone conversations with friends and family would also foster support.