Tasmania seems to be becoming house of criminals, who have been suffering from mental illness. A national survey being carried out by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found that number of Tasmanian criminals having mental problem is double than the total number, present in other parts of the country.
Another main problem is that some of the prisoners are not even aware of the problem that they have been suffering from any kind of mental problem, and this has increased more complications. “Of the 43 people who entered the prison system in that period in 2010, Tasmania had 26 who reported they never had been told”, said the study researchers.
This is not the first time when it has been said that number of Australian prisoners, who have been suffering from any sort of mental illness are on rise. ‘The Mental Health of Prison Entrants in Australia: 2010’ also revealed that 31% of patients in Australian jails have mental health disorder.
The current study was being done, after reviewing the report of the 2010 National Prisoner Health Census. The report revealed that 16% of jail inmates were on medication for one or the other mental health issue.
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