FPC Pensacola Mental Health of Prisoners

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The Psychology Department is available to care for inmates’ problems including disorders of mood (depression, anxiety, etc.), substance abuse,/dependence, stress management, personal and/or family problems, institutional adjustment, or other issues which may cause concern.

Individual consultation is available by submitting an “Inmate Requestto Staff Member” (copout) to the Psychologist. Therapeutic groups will be offered periodically; announcements will be posted on the bulletin boards.

Reading material on a variety of psychological/motivational topics is available for check-out from the Psychology Media Center. The Media Center also has audio and video tapes for personal enrichment which may be used in the Chapel Building, which houses the Psychology Department. Materials are available on self-help topics such as relaxation, stress management, relationships, motivation, substance abuse, and smoking cessation.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. and/or Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel annex. Narcotics anonymous meets Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel annex.

A smoking cessation program is offered to assist inmates in becoming and/or remaining tobacco-free. Inmates may apply for this program by submitting an “Inmate Request to Staff Member.”

Weekend personal growth seminars may be held throughout the year. Sign up in the Psychology Department. Those inmates who have signed up will be notified of the exact dates when established. The department also sponsors L.I.F.E. Talks (Learned Insights From Experience), a community outreach program in which inmate speakers make presentations to various community organizations concerning choices they have made in their lives and the consequences which have resulted from those choices.

It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and hopelessness while in jailor 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 suicide, and are trained 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 (sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual actiVities), withdrawal (staying away from others, reducing phone calls and/orvisits), 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.

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