Prison, And It’s Effects On Mental Health
The environment of prison can have an impact on mental health
Being in prison, is by intention, a very difficult experience. The environment, the rules and regulations and lack of personal control can all have an impact on prisoner’s mental health. Older prisoners, those with a 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 in the prison system there is a dilemma of unmet mental health needs. The Institute of Psychiatry estimated that:
- Over half of inmates have poor mental health including depression, PTSD and anxiety
- Around 15% of inmates have special mental health needs
- Around 2% are thought to have serious mental health problems
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. In order to be able to: cope better with life in the prison environment, improve wellbeing and build better support networks with family, other inmates and professionals who can help.