Psychology and Psychiatry Programs
FCI Oxford has three Psychologists who provide counseling and other mental health services to inmates. A Psychiatrist also visits the institution on a regular basis.
It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and hopelessness while in jail or prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, are serving long sentences, are experiencing family problems or problems getting along with other inmates, or have just received bad news. Sometimes inmates consider committing suicide due to all the losses they have suffered and the pressure they are under. Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicide risk and to refer all concerns to the Psychology 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, PLEASE tell a staff member today. Depression is seen as sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities, staying away from others, refusing phone calls and / or visits, feeling worthless, being hard on one’s self, hopelessness, giving away possessions, and statements like “there is nothing to live for.”