Anatomy of a suicide

Kevin Chill Heard | 9/11/2013, 12:13 p.m.
To some, Castro’s demise was a fitting end to a horrible crime that captured international attention, as three young women, ...

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says that suicide prevention in correctional facilities includes recognizing and responding to the warning signs.

Part of this response requires the removal of items of use for suicide – and that certainly includes bed sheets.

In a conversation with the Call & Post, Dr. Lemuel E. Stewart III, MSSA, PsyD., Assistant Professor at Cuyahoga Community College, pointed to a grant study posted by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on criminal offenders and the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide (Jon Mandracchia, Ph.D.), that suggests “A person who feels more disconnected and burdensome, has less fear of death, and has an increased pain tolerance is at higher risk for suicide. These factors may contribute to current suicidal ideation above and beyond the contributions of depression, hopelessness, past suicidal ideation, history of suicide attempt, psychopathy, criminal thinking and criminal behavior.”

In the Castro case, all medical and mental health care records and information surrounding his prison suicide are being reviewed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

In addition to the ACLU, a full investigation is being called for by Craig Weintraub, one of the two local attorneys that represented Castro.

-- Call & Post Staff Writer Rich Weiss contributed to this article. Follow the author, Kevin Chill Heard @houseofchill.