I listen to music in my cell, mindfully. I feel a lot calmer and happier since doing this yoga course. It allows me to deal with emotional issues in a positive way instead of resulting to self-harm. I’ve not self-harmed since doing this course. It’s helped me accept that I am worth more than putting a blade in myself and that alone has changed my whole life and the way I handle difficult situations.

HMP resident 2017

We are committed to our mission of a unique continuum of care, helping survivors just like this one through the criminal justice system and reentry into the community of every day life.

Awards

Still in our infancy we have already been awarded funds by Sportivate, covering 5 different districts within the UK and The Transform Foundation, a team of tech-entrepreneurs helping us realise our vision via an online platform. 

Statistics

Our early work to date shows promising results.

  • 97% participants found the sessions calming and were more able to self-regulate via the healthier coping mechanisms they were taught 
  • 240 HMP residents (out of 250 asked) developed their own self-practice outside of our sessions and sustained their own development, progress and recovery during the eight-week course. 
  • Whilst partaking in our eight-week HMP program, out of all those which were prolific self-harmers, almost all had reported abstinence from self-harming behaviour during this time.

Already with interest from researchers and professors at Cambridge University and Harvard Medical School, we are keen to work with additional researchers interested in our project. More specifically, the impact our program has on positive changes in behaviour such as reducing reoffending rates and increasing abstinence in recovery and other self-harming behaviours. Please contact us for more information.

The Panacea Project was first trialled at our establishment with a group of extremely vulnerable women with self-harm, mental health, and traumatic experiences. The sessions had a really positive impact on their wellbeing and health, with many of the women taking part in physical activity for the very first time. Commitment from the groups to the project was excellent, and self-confidence built quickly among the women taking part in the sessions.

Women were given strategies to deal with their self-harm and traumatic experiences through meditation and Yoga, completing set work each week to achieve their goals. The Panacea project has allowed women who wouldn’t normally engage in any activity to grow in self-confidence and control negative thoughts that would normally result in self-harm or negative behaviours.

CM and Health & Wellbeing Lead, HMP Female Estate