Men and boys who come into contact with the criminal justice system are particularly at risk of poor mental health, and often face multiple disadvantage, including substance misuse, domestic abuse and homelessness. These problems may be compounded by poor physical health and social factors such as unemployment, persistent poverty and debt.
Almost half of the people in prison have been identified as suffering anxiety and/or depression compared with 15% of the general population.
We know that too many people with mental health problems present at crisis point, whether this be in A&E, police custody or prison. Their problems are left undiagnosed and unsupported in the community resulting in costly consequences for individuals, their family and blue light services. People in crisis often present with multiple and complex needs such as drug or alcohol addiction, homelessness or time in prison.
We understand the vital role that supported housing plays for people with mental health problems. For many people living in Nacro housing, mental health problems are diagnosed during their time with us, or present as a ‘secondary need’. We take a person-centred approach to the support we offer, making sure we address the needs of the whole person.