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Cross-sectoral awareness building on mental health needs ​in the criminal justice system and on release

AWARE project is an integrated response to non-discrimination and social inclusion of those who suffer from the double challenge and stigma of both a criminal record and mental health problems.
The AWARE project is comprised of a set of strategic partners who have realised that in order to succeed in raising awareness about the (ex) prisoners’ mental health needs and to promote the integration of statutory, corporate and third sector services, the partnership should be representative.
The consortium is represented by Bremen MoJ from Germany, IPS_Innovative Prison Systems and BSAFE LAB of UBI University from Portugal, CPIP – Center for Promoting Lifelong Learning from Romania, Athens Lifelong Learning Institute from Greece, New Bulgarian University from Bulgaria, and ICPA The International Corrections and Prisons Association, operating at European level.
In the scope of the project, we will develop training materials for people working in the criminal justice system, communities and prisoners’ families, both to raise awareness and to offer practical support. The goal is that we are all better able to support mental health sufferers at critical points during their imprisonment and after release. Specific objectives for this project are the following:
1.To narrow the gap between civil society and those suffering mental health issues in the criminal justice context by bringing together criminal justice and civil society organisations in an exchange of mutual understanding and expertise;
2.To provide mental health awareness training methodology for those working in a prison, probation or civil society context, so better outcomes are verified for those within the criminal justice system, including reducing reoffending;
3.To inform and educate families and communities on how prison exacerbates mental health issues, so they are better equipped to detect and support prisoners during critical points on release.
The AWARE project is delighted to have developed a Community of Practice on the topic of mental health needs in the criminal justice sector.
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