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Transgender prisoner Vikki Thompson did not mean to kill herself

Vikki Thompson

Vikki Thompson

source: The Guardian
published: 19 May 2017

A transgender woman found dead in a male prison did not mean to kill herself and should not have been held in a female jail, a jury has concluded.

Vikki Thompson, a vulnerable 21-year-old who had grown up in and out of care in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was found hanged in her cell in the dark at HMP Leeds on 13 November 2015 after warning several people on her way to jail that she would “leave in a box”, Wakefield coroner’s court heard.

She was in prison after breaching an order relating to a shoplifting conviction and had failed to attend two probation appointments, her partner said. Read the rest of this entry

New Mental Health & Reform publications on 4WardEverUK

Document Filessource: 4WardEver UK
published: 21 May 2017

Check out their new publications section dedicated to mental health and reform, and which compliments other existing topical genres.

This new section includes books and publications related to general mental health as well as mental health related detention, therapeutic treatment and good practice, reports, reform, and much more.

Including:

Mental Health, Race and Culture
This powerful text offers a unique analysis of the impact of race and culture on contemporary issues in mental health. Drawing on extensive international experience, Fernando challenges the traditional ideas that inform practice in clinical psychology and psychiatry in order to promote new and alternative ways of thinking. Read the rest of this entry

Trapped without hope: The hidden mental health crisis in women’s prisons

Female prison officer (large)source: Broadly
published: 14 October 2016

From self-harming in groups to starvation and self-immolation, women are overwhelmingly more likely than men to hurt themselves while incarcerated. So why isn’t the prison system responding?

Marria, 29, is a disability rights activist who uses a wheelchair. She also has borderline personality disorder and a history of self-harm. In 2013, she was convicted of an antisocial behavior charge, and sentenced to time in prison.

“I was in Holloway for ten months,” she said. “I went through lots of self-harm episodes there, including setting myself on fire and trying to hang myself.”

Penny Bennett, a charity caseworker who supported her, said Maria frequently used a dressing gown robe or socks to form a ligature, which she left hanging around her neck. Read the rest of this entry