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.
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute and community care mental health settings. Working as an academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast, her PhD research explored how women diagnosed with depression made the decision to receive electroconvulsive treatment. She is now engaged in work that focuses on the medicalisation of women’s health and emotional wellbeing. Teaching more than 600 students every year and involved in immersive mental health simulation, Karen-Ann has a passion for working with students in a way that minimises stigma and normalises emotional responses to life.