The AWARE Training Course, entitled “Mental Health Awareness in Prison”, is an e-Learning course created within the AWARE – Cross-sectoral Awareness Building on Mental Health Needs in the Criminal Justice System and On Release project.
The project consortium (from different European countries, namely Portugal, Germany, Romania, Greece, and Bulgaria) have designed this initiative to mitigate the current training needs that non-specialised professionals feel regarding inmates’ mental health in prison establishments.
This course aims to raise awareness on the inmates’ mental health in correctional facilities, offering participants the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the area of mental health, specifically: defining health/mental illness and concepts of mental health, understanding the factors that influence mental health, and being aware of the difficulties associated with mental disease labels.
By acquiring and developing these skills, prison professionals will be better equipped to detect and offer practical support for inmates that suffer from mental health disorders during their imprisonment and after release, so better outcomes are verified for those within the Criminal Justice system, including reducing reoffending.
• Working with inmates and/or ex-inmates