Special Issue Title:

Challenges in Identifying and Addressing Mental Health Difficulties and Neurodiversity among Men in Prison

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 01 June 2023

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Special Issue Editor

  • Guest Editor

    Radha Kothari, PhD, DClinPsy, BSc, BAE-MailWebsite

    Health and Justice, Central and North West London Foundation Trust, London, UK

    Interests: Prison; Mental Health; Neurodiversity; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Trauma; Trauma Informed Approach; Vicarious Trauma; Deliberate Self-Harm; Suicide; Substance Misuse; Health Inequality; Black And Ethnic Minority; LGBTQI+; Social Inequality; Psychology; Psychiatry; Therapy; Social Care; Staff Wellbeing; Moral Injury

  • Guest Editor

    Sarah Allen, DClinPsy, BScE-MailWebsite

    Health and Justice, Central and North West London Foundation Trust, London, UK

    Interests: Prison; Mental Health; Neurodiversity; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Trauma; Trauma Informed Approach; Vicarious Trauma; Deliberate Self-Harm; Suicide; Substance Misuse; Health Inequality; Black And Ethnic Minority; LGBTQI+; Social Inequality; Psychology; Psychiatry; Therapy; Social Care; Staff Wellbeing; Moral Injury

  • Guest Editor

    Andrew Forrester, MDE-MailWebsite

    Department of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

    Interests: Psychological Medicine; Clinical Neurosciences

  • Guest Editor

    Annie Bartlett, PhDE-MailWebsite

    Offender Healthcare, IMBE, St George's Medical School, University of London, UK

    Interests: Offender Healthcare

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,


What is this Special Edition about?

Male prisoners are recognised globally as having high rates of mental health difficulties and neurodiversity. Moreover, the rates of deliberate self-harm and suicide in this population are of great concern. Care and treatment needs outstrip the available therapeutic resources in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Challenges associated with the prison environment can make it difficult to provide good care, irrespective of the jurisdiction. Novel approaches for the identification and management of mental health needs can go unrecognised and there is limited sharing of good practice. The above issues are the focus of this special edition and we invite contributions from academics and other experts working in the field. We are particularly keen to present and/or to compare perspectives from different countries.


What are we looking for? 

We welcome submissions that address the complex mental health needs of the male prison population. These individuals face a unique set of challenges in terms of the practical issues relating to their restricted and deprived environment, as well as other issues that are external to the prison environment (stigma, societal understanding of criminality and mental health, the engagement of mental health services with the prison system). We are especially keen to include submissions that consider these topics from a variety or perspectives and frameworks, including articles that address the following:

- The challenges of providing effective mental health care in a prison environment, as well as challenges associated with the broader social context, both presently and in the past.

- The interactions between societal pressures and adversity, criminality, and mental health difficulties.

- Health inequality, particularly in relation to men from deprived social environments, black and other ethnic minority groups, and LGBTQI+ groups. We welcome research findings on intersectionality and health status and health care access.

- How best to help individuals with trauma within a traumatised system, and how best to conceptualise and address the impact of intergenerational trauma.

- Meeting the needs of staff required to witness and experience traumatic events, and to operate within a restrictive and, at times, coercive environment. 


What is the submission process?

Please note that the journal provides a fast turnaround of papers, with reviews provided within one month of submission. 

For this special edition we invite initial expressions of interest by the 30th November, 2022. These will be considered by the editors and responses given to prospective authors by the 1st January, 2023. The deadline for invited submissions is 30th April, 2023.

We look forward to receiving your ideas for papers.


Dr Radha Kothari, Dr Sarah Allen, Prof. Annie Bartlett and Prof. Andrew Forrester

Guest Editors

Keywords

Prison; Mental Health; Neurodiversity; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Trauma; Trauma Informed Approach; Vicarious Trauma; Deliberate Self-Harm; Suicide; Substance Misuse; Health Inequality; Black And Ethnic Minority; Lgbtqi+; Social Inequality; Psychology; Psychiatry; Therapy; Social Care; Staff Wellbeing; Moral Injury

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online by submit system. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original articles, case reports or comprehensive reviews are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. JOMH is an international peer-reviewed open access journal published by MRE Press. As of January 2021, JOMH will change to a bimonthly journal. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1200. We normally offer a discount greater than 30% to all contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial board member. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

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