Unlock My Life is an organisation working with prisons around the UK to give offenders an opportunity to open up about mental health. As a subject that is not spoken about enough within prisons, this gives offenders a chance to get involved in something positive and tune into their creative side whilst doing so. Whether that’s film production to tell their mental health story, working within a team to produce music or gaining qualifications to become a Mental Health Ambassador in their prison, there is something for everyone.
Our aim is to provide people within the prison environment experiencing mental ill health (self-harming, anxiety or other troubles) to channel their thoughts and feelings into something they are passionate about. Unlock My Life is a bridge between prisoners and staff, to allow individuals to become more comfortable with talking about their issues and lending an ear to those in need. We are here to give advice and support to those who haven’t had the opportunity to receive this or haven’t felt the ability to reach out.
Unlock My Life has been working on our project pilot across the South East which includes working with HMP Hollesley Bay, HMP Warren Hill, HMP Chelmsford and HMP Highpoint.