Mental Health Primary Care in Prison
Mental disorders
Young people
Interface skills
Legal issues
Suicide & self injury
Groups with other needs
Difficult behaviours
Ethical issues

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What is in the Guide?

The book of this website is divided into five main sections:

  • information about the diagnosis and management of specific mental disorders, in adults, young people and women who are mothers. The primary-care management of people with personality disorder forms part of this section;
  • core management issues and skills that are relevant to a number of mental disorders - for example, assessment, referral, resettlement, managing patients who are at risk of suicide and those who have self-harmed;
  • information about the mental-health needs of particular groups of prisoners (eg detained asylum seekers and those with Learning Disability). It also gives advice about how to respond to the needs of prisoners who have had particular life experiences (such as sexual assault, abuse in childhood or domestic violence) that put them at increased risk of developing a mental disorder;
  • possible responses to prisoners who behave in ways that are difficult to manage, such as those who are aggressive or who refuse food. Many of these prisoners will not have a mental disorder, but mental disorder is a factor that must be considered;
  • important related matters, such as legal and ethical issues and working with voluntary organisations.

As you can see by looking at the left-hand toolbar on every page; the website has divided these sections into 12 areas.


Website produced for HM Prison Service by the WHO Collaborating Centre in association with Minervation