Prisoner support group: Better mental health neededPosted on August 05, 2012
Jack Wilkie-Jans says he spoke to a number of inmates at the Lotus Glen Correctional Centre in Mareeba recently, who are worried they may not stay out of jail for long.
He says there needs to be culturally- tailored mental healthcare approaches in place for Indigenous inmates.
"That connection, that reaching out to our old people for positivity and strength is something that's really valuable, which is what's kept our culture alive for so long.
"When you're in prison, you don't get to be able to do that and you're left up to yourself.
"You know that those old people are out there and your family and your friends and your loved ones. But it's really hard for them to come and see the prisoner.
"Also when you're released, you're not necessarily released back to the communities from where they're from.
"It's a total removal and there really needs to be culturally-appropriate ways for fixing things."