My name is Jennifer and I am an Activities Enrichment Co-Ordinator for a Day Centre of vulnerable women within HMP. My role is to help and support women who have complex and mental health needs as well as helping women who have suffered trauma. The Day Centre provides many activities from crafts, drama and well-being. 

The trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness sessions have been beneficial for the women who attend the Day Centre. We help the women work through the modules of the Panacea Project via kundalini yoga, breathing, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation techniques. The women are able to put some of the skills they have acquired into practice while in their rooms on an evening.  I have seen the benefits for myself in the participants, these are women who usually use self-harm as a way of dealing with their anxiety and stresses of everyday life. One of the women who comes to the yoga found it really hard to do the exercises at first, always saying 'I can’t do this, i'm no good', she would get really frustrated at herself and always thought others were laughing at her. With time I saw her confidence grow, she started to understand and feel the benefits of the exercises and then was helping the other women who were struggling. I also saw her self-harm reduce. Some of the women I work with continue to use the techniques as self-practice outside of our group classes. 

We desperately need the Panacea Project to continue to grow into other prisons I feel it would dramatically reduce self-harm across the prison estate and help with other mental health issues and everyday stresses. Panacea Project's techniques provide women with positive new skills to use instead of hurting themselves or others.

I would also like to see this project used more in school as a support for those in need as opposed to putting children in detention. I hear increasingly more of children who are struggling to deal with everyday life.