UCLAN Mental Health of Black Offenders

In 2007-8 the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and the National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) funded POPS to carry out a Peer Research Project.

The project aimed to find out whether or not Black men in prison felt that their Mental Health needs were being appropriately diagnosed. The research was conducted with young offenders in HMYOI Hindley and hoped to identify, train and utilise Black offenders in this establishment as peer researchers to collect data from their fellow inmates. All Black offender peer researchers, that completed the project, received a Peer Research accreditation from UCLAN.

The data was collected and analysed and drawn together in a working party led by a POPS Project Coordinator and the Black Offender Peer Researchers.