A new study explores the mental health of people in Scotland’s prisons

A first of its kind study, led by the Institute of Health and Wellbeing’s MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, alongside colleagues from ISD Scotland, has described the mental wellbeing of people in prison in Scotland.

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The study found that mental wellbeing was lower among the prison population compared with their peers outside of prison, after accounting for age group, gender and socioeconomic deprivation.

Dr Emily Tweed, Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Health & Wellbeing, said: “Mental wellbeing is an important facet of the extreme health inequalities experienced by people in prison. These findings demonstrate the importance of a healthy prison environment, alongside routine monitoring of mental wellbeing for policy and practice improvement.”

The full study, entitled, “Mental wellbeing among people in prison in Scotland: an analysis of repeat cross-sectional survey” can be found here.

First published: 6 December 2019