Time to Talk: Women, Incarceration and Mental Health

3 February 2022 – 3 February 2022

A Time To Talk event focusing on the mental health of women in prison and secure settings.

18:00 Thursday 3 February

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Time to Talk: Women, Incarceration and Mental Health

3 February 2022 – 3 February 2022

Join Clean Break and WISH (Women in Special Hospitals) for a Time To Talk event focusing on the mental health of women in prison and secure settings and the benefits of creativity on women’s wellbeing.

Time to Talk Day on Thursday 3 February, led by MIND, Rethink Mental Illness and Co-Op, is a day focusing on creating supportive communities by having open discussions about mental health.

The pandemic has had a serious and sustained impact on all our mental health, but nowhere has it been felt more keenly than in prisons. Rates of self-harm amongst women prisoners are at the highest level since records began and self-inflicted deaths are now 6.5 times more likely in prison than in the general public. The combination of women being isolated in their cells for 23 hours a day and the cancellation of education, family visits, and opportunities for creativity throughout the pandemic has led to a deeply worrying continuation of deteriorating mental health.

This event will feature an insightful panel discussion about the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of incarcerated women followed by the premiere of Lara, a new digital short created by artists Deborah Bruce and Sarah Cowan, and a discussion on the value of creativity in recovery.

Joining our host Anna Herrmann, the panel will be:

  • Sam Adams, actress, storyteller and drama therapist
  • Sarah Cowan, Clean Break Member artist
  • Joyce Kallevik, Director of WISH

The panel and screening will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions and have time to talk about women’s mental health in and on release from secure settings.