It is not uncommon for people to experience feelings of depression and hopelessness while in jail or prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, are serving a long sentence, are experiencing family problems or problems getting along with other inmates, or receive bad news. Sometimes, inmates consider committing suicide due to all of the pressure they are under. Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicidal behavior, and are trained to refer all concerns to the Psychology Services Department. However, staff do not always see what inmates see. If you are personally experiencing any of the problems noted above, or you or another inmate are showing signs of depression (sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities), withdrawal (staying away from others, reducing phone calls and /or visits), or hopelessness (giving away possessions, stating that”there is nothing to live for”), PLEASE alert a staff member right away. Your input can save a life.
A variety of substance abuse services, such as a Living Sober group, are also offered through the Psychology Department. A 40-hour Drug Education Class is provided in both English and Spanish. Individual and group counseling is also provided by the Drug Treatment Specialist.
To request services from the Psychology Department, submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member (cop-out) to Psychology Services.