This self-management programme ran between 2013 to 2016 with courses on mental health for inmates of the UK prison environment for the first time at HM Prison Parc, Bridgend in South Wales.
Through a project that we ran from 2008 to 2011 (funded by Mental Health Matters), we have successfully proven in Wales the effectiveness of training in self-management for people who have had severe and enduring mental health problems.
We propose to adapt the thinking behind this project, learning from our experiences and the evaluation, and in consultation with the proposed beneficiaries, to design courses suitable for young offenders and older prisoners, using materials adapted from our original training.
Participant (aged 32)
One of my goals was to do my artwork. I was hoping to be the new Art Technician on the wing but have not got there yet – that is my goal. I now draw pictures for other inmates so they can send them to their loved ones in letters for their kids or birthdays. It makes me feel better that people recognise me for my artwork.
I enjoyed sharing good practice with inmates, seeing them self-manage. When they first come in they are apprehensive and not very helpful but then seeing them change over the four weeks as they learn to manage themselves.
self-management courses were delivered in HMP & YOI Parc from September 2015 to December 2016.
prisoners from the Vulnerable Prisoners Wing received self-management training in small peer group settings.
of prisoners surveyed after six months achieved their primary goal.