Scottish Government Response to the Commission on Women Offenders Mental Health Strategy: 2012-2015
Commission on Women Offenders Recommendation 7: Mental health services and approaches should be developed in such a way that facilitates women with borderline personality disorder to access them.
Commission on Women Offenders Recommendation 8: Mental health programmes and interventions for short- term prisoners are designed so that they can continue to be delivered in a seamless way in the community.
Commission on Women Offenders Recommendation 9: The Scottish Government's mental health strategy must place a greater focus on women offenders, specifically the provision of services to address trauma, self-harm and borderline personality disorder.
Commission on Women Offenders Recommendation 10: An urgent review of the provision and resourcing of services for women with borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (in relation to previous abuse and neglect) should be carried out.
Commission on Women Offenders Recommendation 11: Mental health training for police, prison officers, criminal justice social workers and third sector must be widely available, with ongoing supervision.
Mental Health Strategy Child and Adolescent Mental Health Rethinking How We Respond to Common Mental Health Problems Community, Inpatient and Crisis Services Other Services and Populations –Mental Health and Offending
Common Mental Health Problems Faster Access to Psychological Therapies Mental Health and Alcohol Trauma Distress
Mental Health Strategy Commitment 30: We will build on the work underway at HMP Cornton Vale testing the effectiveness of training prison staff in a “mentalisation” approach to working with women with borderline personality disorder and women who have experienced trauma. The pilot will be extended in that prison and introduced in HMP Edinburgh.
Mental Health Strategy Commitment 31: We will also work with NHS Lothian to test an approach to working with women with borderline personality disorder in the community by extending the Willow Project in Edinburgh. We will use the learning from the test to inform service development more widely across Scotland.