A common sense approach to working with defendants with mental health and wellbeing needs guide
Posted on 07, August 2017
Too many people pass through the criminal justice system without their mental health and wellbeing needs being recognised. With more than 70 per cent of the prison population having some kind of mental health problem, and an estimated 20 to 30 per cent of people in prison having a learning disability or learning difficulty, it’s crucial that specialist services exist to ensure that people get the care and support they need to break the cycle of offending.
For over twenty years, Together has worked with both service users and criminal justice professionals to break the cycle of offending for thousands of people with mental health needs and other vulnerabilities. Our approach is underpinned by a thorough knowledge of clinical and psychological practice that focuses on building people’s own resilience and resources. We see the whole person rather than a collection of discrete problems and embrace vulnerability as a starting point for recovery, growth and change.