Coping with life in prison
“In prison you lose control over many things, but your emotions are your own”
Samaritans has trained former prisoners to help new prisoners deal with life inside, with the aim to reduce suicide and self-harm.
The risk of suicide is higher when prisoners enter or move prisons, and prisoners are ten times more likely to take their own lives. Being able to manage your emotions can act as a buffer against suicide risk.
Trainers with experience of being in prison ran pilot sessions in two London prisons, to increase the emotional resilience of new arrivals. Nearly 9 out of 10 of the new prisoners said they found the sessions useful. Samaritans is working with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to build on the scheme’s success.