2% of inmates are mentally ill

2% of inmates are mentally ill

Over 5,000 inmates in 143 prisons across the country are suffering psychological problems, the Corrections Department has reported.

Worada Wasunnantasiri, director of the department's Medical Division, said the figure made up 2% of the 260,000 inmates in the nation's prison system.

Disorders such as anxiety and depression tended to affect those inmates jailed for drug-related crimes and had taken drugs that had affected their minds, Ms Worada said.

Some would have been ill before imprisonment while some fell ill during detention.

If they have mild symptoms such as stress, depression, or anxiety, they are treated by psychologists in the jail but if their symptoms are critical, they are hospitalised for special care, the director said. Mentally ill inmates were mostly found in Bangkok and Thon Buri prisons.

(Somkid (above) and 'Ice Metal Casket' (below) are among inmates considered mentally ill.)

Those inmates suffering a mental illness while in jail are carefully monitored to prevent suicide. However, there have been some inmates who have successfully killed themselves.

Well-known inmates who have suffered from or have been treated for mental illness include Somkid Pumpuang and Apichai "Ice Metal Casket" Ongwisit.

There are only 31 psychologists in ten jails across the country and one psychiatrist at the Medical Correctional Institution, Ms Worada said.

Doctors and therapists treat inmate patients at the Medical Correctional Institution, Suan Prung Hospital, and provincial hospitals.

As Covid-19 cases surged in prisons during the pandemic, those with mental illness were cared for through Telepsychiatry, she added.



Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (23)
TRENDING

11 convicted of 2002 gang-rape in India go free

AHMEDABAD: Eleven Hindu men jailed for life for the gang-rape of a pregnant Muslim woman during Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002 have been freed on remission, officials said on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from the victim's husband, lawyers and politicians.

16 Aug 2022

Govt readies B150bn loan guarantee for oil fund

The cabinet on Tuesday approved a law to guarantee up to 150 billion baht (US$4.23 billion) in loans for the state oil fund to support energy prices as the government fights inflation, according to a government source and media reports.

16 Aug 2022

Two teachers jump off bridge, leave farewell letters behind in Trat

TRAT: Two women - a teacher and a retired teacher - jumped off a bridge into a canal in Muang district of this eastern province on Tuesday morning, with two farewell letters written to their children found inside a car they travelled in.

16 Aug 2022