18 March 2021

ARTICLE: The requisite of good mental health of prison staff provided for by art. 78 of part V of Rec (2006)2 of the Committee of Ministers: what about suicide among prisons officers?

This Paper, released by the University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" in the framework of B-COMPETENT project, intends to address a specific issue arising from the national research carried on in Italy to assess the training needs of prison staff with regard to special needs and rights of Foreign Nationals in prison.

The article highlights the importance of the requisite of good mental health of prison staff, especially among the prison officers. This prerequisite is advised by the European prison rules of 2006, according to which staff shall normally be appointed, being subject also by good physical and mental health. Nonetheless, the topic seems to be not so relevant in public debate although the rate of suicide among prison officers is higher than that of the general population. One of the reasons may be found in the fact that this kind of job is more vulnerable to the burnout syndrome, which can prove particularly disabling for work. Furthermore, the issue refers to a general illness of the prison system, which often faces difficult situations with a low number of professional staff and often not adequately informed about the management of difficult situations.

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Antonella CrocePhD student at Università degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli".

Daniela Bifulco, Full professor of public comparative law at the Law Department -University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Scientific coordinator of the project "B-Competent".