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Revista Española de Sanidad Penitenciaria

On-line version ISSN 2013-6463Print version ISSN 1575-0620


BUSTAMANTE NAVARRO, R. et al. Participatory design Guide for Mental Health Promotion in prisons. Rev. esp. sanid. penit. [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.2, pp.44-53. ISSN 2013-6463.

Objetive: The main aim was to describe the issues and the participatory process required to design a Guide to promotemental health in prison through group activities. Material and Method: We reviewed the bibliography, the mental health policies, the workshops about healthy mental habits, and a video about protection and risk factors. We identified the stakeholders and sought their points of view about the topics included in the Guide. We decided on the contents of the Guide and the incorporation of the health assets model and the perspectives provided by gender and cultural diversity. After the initial design of the modules and sessions, we started a pilot in the Prison of Valencia and the Prison of Zaragoza with women and men from different cultures, incorporating the suggested improvements, unifying contents and the discursive style. Results: The guide is formed by: a preface, introduction, description, modules, sessions and evaluation. It has 6 modules and 19 sessions on: health and motivation; self-esteem; health and emotions; more assets to improve health: relax, positive thinking, keeping calm, communication and problem resolution; progress is possible: resiliency and starring in my own change. Each session consists of: activities (objectives, material, allocated time and development), theoretical material and tabbed sheets for activities. The guide is available in print and online versions. Conclusions: A guide has been elaborated with involved stakeholders and the opinion of the prison population.

Keywords : Health promotion; Social participation; Mental health; Psychological resilience; Prisons; Equity in health; Guideline; Spain.

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