Bishop asked that the focus be on the mental health of prisoners

Prison Board chairman Bishop Charlesworth Browne calls for a more effective approach to dealing with prisoners in Antigua and Barbuda.

Browne has advised those behind bars at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) for years, and said many of the prisoners suffered from anxiety and depression.

“We know we need to pay more attention to them. Many prisoners, like many of us outside, also suffer from anxiety and depression, ”he said.

The bishop suggested that they have regular diagnostic tests to assess their abilities, as well as a phycological and psychiatric evaluation and counseling to combat depression and other forms of mental illness.

He also said that awareness of crisis interventions inside and outside the prison should also be considered in order to manage trauma and other health issues and reduce their chances of relapse.

The Kingdom leaders he added will step in where the government lacks resources to support these initiatives.

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