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I'm seeing a lot of trending about the news of Jeffrey #Epstein's death.

I am also a suicidologist.

I wanted to correct some simple misinformation.

Tw: Suicide, as I will be communicating directly about suicide.

Tw: child abuse, because of course, this involves a man accused of heinous crimes against children

#medtwitter #meded #psychtitter #SuicideAwareness
Misinformation: supervision would have prevented his death

Suicide is not preventable via lockup or supervision. Human ingenuity beats supervision 100% of the time.

* A review of 76 inpatient suicides showed that 50% died on 1:1 or q15 checks.
Misinformation: being placed suicide watch would have prevented his suicide

* The highest rate of suicide in institutions occurs when people are on suicide watch in prisons
Misinformation: his guards made mistakes

We don't know enough details yet. However, suicide can be accomplished quickly with someone turning their head or looking the other way. Human beings are human beings. Even if a guard was watching, suicide is still possible.
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