A training course for inmates to become "peer supporters", a sort of coach to everyday life. A figure of support for the fragility of many people in prisons that allows an evolution of the relational climate in the penitentiary system. The project, which is being carried out in the Civitavecchia Prison, organized by the ASL Roma 4, makes use of the commitment of the operators of the health, psychological-psychiatric, Serd, treatment and security areas. There are nine training meetings that will end on 31 January 2024.
The course was created to try to provide a concrete approach to adaptation to the prison context for prisoners who are particularly fragile or who have a mental illness. In particular, it focuses on the prevention of suicidal risk and the risks of self- or hetero-directed aggression.
"It is a training course - explains the Guarantor of the detainees of Lazio, Stefano Anastasia - which intends to offer the opportunity to become a support in everyday life for fragile prisoners through the acquisition of simple skills oriented on the basic concepts of the helping relationship".
Entering prison represents, especially for those coming from freedom and at their first prison experience, a complex and delicate moment. "The person has to face the distance from loved ones, the upheaval of their life routine, the loss of their spaces. In addition, in the case of subjects with substance dependence, behavioral and psychological problems related to the lack of intake may occur," says the Guarantor.
"Even in the case of individuals with previous prison experience, an arrest, reconviction or transfer can destabilize and represent a risk factor for critical events." Therefore, the course provides the peer supporter with indications and tools to develop observational, support and initial management skills, to grasp and intercept signals of risk or distress in the detainee population.
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