24/05/2023 10:45 PM | Click to read full article
Perhaps it’s an undiagnosed or untreated mental health problem, or maybe a financial or family disaster has pushed you to the edge. You do the unthinkable and try to end your life. The police are called, and you survive. But because we do not have enough mental health beds in this country, you are sent to prison as a “place of safety” or “for your own protection”. Six women in three months from May to July 2022 were sent to HMP Styal during one of the lowest periods in their lives.