Stress Responses to a Harsh Environment

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Lecture Overview

It's no surprise that being incarcerated causes stress to the individuals experiencing this process. It would also be no surprise that almost half of all people entering prison have a mental health issue. But the most surprising statistic to know is that over 40% of prisoners reported that their mental health improved during their time in incarceration. Join Dr Karen-Ann Clarke for an insight into the heads and minds of those who are imprisoned.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile