WARNING: This article contains traumatic descriptions of mental health issues
Helen* has just spent 18 months in two women’s prisons. She suffers from anxiety, depression and Asperger’s Syndrome. But Helen is just one of many. The government’s PSI 64/2011 Safer Custody report admits that: “The majority of prisoners have one or more mental illnesses.” With the women’s prison population increasing year on year, and a clear lack of recent, solid policy research on the issue, there is an urgent need to take a hard look at women’s mental health care in prisons.
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