For prisoners with mental health problems, release from jail is daunting. A new project aims to break the cycle of reoffending

Martin Brooks* has been in and out of prison several times over the years.

When he was released previously, he deliberately breached the terms of his probation so he could end up behind bars again. Before his most recent release, Brooks, an alcoholic in his 40s who also lives with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, attempted suicide in his cell because he couldn’t face trying to rebuild his life.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".

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