Centre for Mental Health

Legal basis (mandates) and mission

The majority of prisoners have mental health problems, often two or more at the same time. Imprisonment doesn't seem to reduce re-offending and it costs a great deal. Centre for Mental health is finding more ways to fix this by developing liaison and diversion services, advocating community sentences, improving youth justice and unlocking secure care.

Topics of interest in the prison setting

  • Suicide prevention
  • Liaison and diversion
  • Personality disorders

Strategic operations

Influencing government and campaigning for extra investment

Role in prisons

Collating the evidence base and influencing government for extra investment and improvements in quality

Target groups

UK parliament and intergovernmental departments

Geographic region of focus

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland