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Embracing the notion that context is crucial in prison mental health care

Melanie Jordan (University of Nottingham, UK)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Article publication date: 9 November 2010


This paper focuses on the mental health of adult male prisoners and the mental health care provided within Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS), United Kingdom (UK). Currently, the level of mental health need within this population is high, and prison mental health services require additional positive developments. The prison milieu is not always conducive to good mental health, and is not often a useful catalyst for mental health care. Arguably, prison mental health services ought to be increasingly fashioned (commissioned, provided, managed and practised) in direct accordance with the prison social environment, institutional set‐up and specific mental health requirements of prisoners/patients. In this paper, therefore, attention is devoted to social and institutional structures which permeate the prison setting. The proposition is that situation‐specific and culturally responsive mental health care is a must; context is crucial.



Jordan, M. (2010), "Embracing the notion that context is crucial in prison mental health care", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 26-35.



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