To launch the new Being Well Being Equal campaign this week, Spark Inside’s CEO Vicki Cardwell spoke live with LBC’s Shelagh Fogarty, highlighting the need for greater mental wellbeing support for young men, including young Black men, in prisons. You can scroll down this page to listen to the recording.
Vicki also wrote about the campaign in online magazine the Justice Gap, drawing attention to the recent report from the Justice Select Committee calling for “root and branch reform” of mental health provision in prisons. You can read the article here.
In addition, Russell Webster’s influential blog published an article about the campaign, platforming the voices of the young people we spoke with, who gave their own views on the impact of prison on their mental wellbeing. Click here to read the article.
Alongside this media coverage, on launch day Spark Inside chaired a meeting of voluntary sector organisations, academics and policy experts to begin the evidence-gathering process for the Being Well Being Equal campaign and discuss the policy issues driving the campaign. Attendees at the meeting included representatives from the Centre for Mental Health, the Criminal Justice Alliance, Clinks, and the Prison Reform Trust, as well as academics with relevant research & policy experience.
To learn more about the Being Well Being Equal campaign and give your support, please visit our campaign page here.