The environment of prison can have an impact on mental health.
Being in prison is, by intention, a challenging experience. The environment, rules and regulations, and lack of personal control can all impact prisoners’ mental health. Older prisoners, those with physical or learning disabilities, and other vulnerable groups are especially at risk of experiencing poor mental health whilst in prison.
Prison and the dilemma of unmet mental health needs
Presently, there is a dilemma of unmet mental health needs in the prison system. The Institute of Psychiatry estimated that:
Over half of inmates have poor mental health, including depression, PTSD, and anxiety
Around 2% are thought to have serious mental health prob
Around 15% of inmates have special mental health needs
Over half of prisoners have poor mental health, including depression, PTSD, and anxiety.
Programs to prioritize good mental health in prison
Programs have been put in place to prioritize looking after their mental health. To cope better with life in the prison environment, improve well-being and build better support networks with family, other inmates, and professionals who can help.
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