The Awareness Centre in Clapham has been awarded a contract by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SlaM) to provide talking therapies to inmates in HMP Brixton Prison.
Brixton is a male Category C resettlement prison for people coming to the end of their sentences, or for those serving short sentences. It also has a drug recovery unit and a vulnerable prisoners’ wing.
From April 2014, a seven-strong team of therapists from The Awareness Centre (TAC) will become part of the healthcare team in HMP Brixton Prison, offering counselling support to prisoners at different stages of their prison life. This will range from helping new prisoners adjust to life inside – especially if it is their first sentence – to helping prisoners at the end of their sentence prepare to transition back into the community.
TAC counsellors will offer inmates counselling and psychological therapies for issues affecting their mental health, such as anxiety, depression, anger, bereavement or substance misuse. Our therapists will also help inmates work through difficult family or relationship issues, and come to terms with how their personal circumstances or home lives might have changed while they have been serving their sentence.
Inmates will be able to self-refer for counselling by contacting the prison healthcare team. Counselling sessions will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
This new contract with HMP Brixton Prison extends and enhances the NHS counselling services that TAC already provides in partnership with SLaM. TAC has 70 counsellors delivering short-term NHS services to patients registered with GP surgeries in Lambeth, as part of an integrated IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Services) programme.
The HMP Brixton Prison contract is the latest way that IAPT is making high-quality services accessible to all, to promote the mental health and wellbeing of the population as a whole.
As well as NHS counselling within SLaM, at The Awareness Centre we offer a free counselling service as well as low cost counselling, multilingual and LGBT counselling, and private counselling and psychotherapy at our counselling centre on Abbeville Road in Clapham. We are also a private healthcare provider.
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