Forensic Mental Health
Our mental health systems study revealed several challenges within the forensic mental health system in Zimbabwe, including poor access to mental health care, difficult living conditions, and several policy and process issues that kept people with mental illness in prison longer than necessary.
These findings have led our organization to a broader exploration of prison mental health in LMICs, and especially in Africa. We have written commentary, performed a systematic review, and conducted a qualitative study on patient experiences within Zimbabwe’s prison system.
Jack. H., Kidia. K., Lovett. A. & Kwon. H.R. "Mental Health of incarcerated people in Africa." MHIN Blog post July 2019 www.mhinnovation.net/blog/2019/jul/26/mental-health-incarcerated-people-africa
Jack, Helen E., et al. "Mental health of incarcerated people: a global call to action." The Lancet Psychiatry 5.5 (2018): 391-392.
Lovett, Aish, et al. "Mental health of people detained within the justice system in Africa: systematic review and meta-analysis." International journal of mental health systems 13.1 (2019): 31.