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‘Out of sight, out of mind’: changing public perceptions of the mental health crisis in Irish prisons

  • Associate Professor Catherine Cox
  • Academic, Cultural, Health, Political, Social Impact

Winner of the 2020 UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition, Dr Cox identified long-standing neglect of people with mental illness in Irish prisons. Co-creating a series of arts events, she helped change perceptions of prisoners’ right to psychiatric services and contributed to the wellbeing of prisoners and ex-offenders.