He's tried suicide since he came to the jail a few months ago. He's not proud of it, wouldn't do it now.
We talked about other things, books he's been reading, contact with family and friends.
Before we parted, I asked if he would talk with someone if he was thinking of suicide again. He agreed.
"Besides," I said, "you still have books four and five of the Game of Thrones to read. You can't die in the middle of the story."
His eyes widened and then he laughed.