Spending time in prison can have a serious effect on one’s mental health – people who resume a normal life after spending time in prison are burdened with feelings of worthlessness. If you have a loved one who has recently completed prison time, or is about to reach the end of their sentence, this is the guide for you to deal with and understand their traumas.
Not everything can go back to normal after one serves time in imprisonment – the cultural shock, depression and inbuilt anger individuals face needs to be dealt with proactively to ensure their transition back to normal life is smooth and uneventful. The social stigma such an individual faces can be very unforgiving, and it is upon their loved ones to make everything feel worthwhile and help them in such times.
The following are a few things you can do for your friend, family or loved one who has gotten back after serving a sentence:
Help Them Deal With The Cultural Shock
Your loved one is likely to experience a culture shock once they get out of prison – the longer that their sentence has been, the stronger their shock is likely to be. If your loved one served a longer sentence, chances are they would be witnessing new technology, new places in their locality, etc. They would require all your help to adjust to these changes.
Help Them Process A Pardon Application
Getting back to a normal life can especially be difficult due to such individuals not being able to get jobs or having issues travelling to foreign jobs. A simple background check brings up a record of their legal history and this often denies them getting a good job and supporting themselves. To cater to this, you can help them file for a pardon at the National Pardon & Fingerprinting Centre. This would allow them to apply for a record suspension and once this is granted they would have no trouble looking for a good job or getting an apartment or home to rent or purchase.
Help Them Deal With Depression
More than often individuals witness unforgettable events during their time in prison and this makes readjustment to their normal life very difficult. Most individuals suffer with multiple things and hence find themselves depressed after finding themselves in their normal lives. You can set up therapy and professional help for your loved one in order to help them deal with their thoughts and feelings.
Help Them Manage Their Anger
Anger, aggression and an all-time defense mechanism are common methods of self-protection in prison, and your loved one is likely to play them out in real life as well depending upon how long their sentence was. You may need to help them manage their anger and channel it into something productive for instance suggesting they join a gym. You may need to ask to get familiar with basic anger management activities such as taking deep breaths and focusing on the source and cause of their anger.