In recent years, it has been found that people that have been in touch with the criminal justice system are up against significant health inequalities. These include multiple and also very complex mental health and social care needs. While people are in poor health, face social inequalities and little support with mental health, chances of reoffending significantly increase.
According to Public Health England, addressing social and mental health inequalities, helping people improve offending behaviour can improve public safety, prevent offending and reoffending, and reduce crime.
Finding the right mental health support is not always straightforward. Many organisations don’t except self-referrals and the process for finding and enrolling into a program can sometimes be lengthy. Below are a list of resources and contact details to get to talk someone as soon as possible.
Change, Grow, Live is a voluntary sector organisation specialising in substance misuse and criminal justice intervention projects in England and Wales. It is a leading national volunteer mentoring organisation in England and Wales working with clients in and leaving the care system, the Criminal Justice sector, young people on youth offending orders, the socially and economically disadvantaged and long-term unemployed, refugees and asylum seekers. Get in touch
First steps mental health support group based in Hemel Hampstead is a charity run by volunteers who are there to give everyone a place in a kind safe non-judgemental place to talk openly about mental health. Get in touch on FB or over the phone on 07450 995 888.
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind provides information and advice, training programmes, Mind in your area, grants and more.
One in Four supports people who have experienced child sexual abuse and trauma.
Papyrus support the under 35s that are struggling with suicidal thoughts or if you are concerned about someone who is struggeling you can dial the following number: 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07786 209 697.
Sane is a helpline for providing information and advice on mental health. Gives callers the option for action and puts them in touch with available sources of help and support. Emotional and crisis support for people experiencing mental illness and for their families, carers and friends. 07984 967 708
Samaritans is run by incredible volunteers across 201 branches throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. They offer their time to help to deliver 24-hour emotional support service to callers. Get in touch
SHOUT 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. Whether you are going through depression, anxiety, abuse, self-harm there is someone willing to listen. Get in touch
The Mix are an organisation that support the under the 25s with any questions possible, including mental health. They can be contacted on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm) or you can request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.