Care Not Custody
In June 2008, the WI passed a resolution calling for an end to the inappropriate detention of people with mental health problems.
More than two-thirds of all prison inmates have two or more mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Many have a history of attempted suicide and self-harm, while significant numbers have severe and ongoing problems such as schizophrenia or personality disorders.
Too many people are getting inadequate mental healthcare in prisons when they could have been diverted to hospitals or community based alternatives. The NFWI is calling for people with mental health problems to get the right care for their condition via more diversion schemes and better community mental health services offering safe alternatives to imprisonment.
Contact the NFWI
- Phone: 020 7371 9300
- Open hours: 9am–5pm Mon–Fri
- Address: 104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY
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