StreetWise: developing a serious game to support forensic mental health service users’ preparation for discharge: a feasibility study

Reynolds, L. M., Davies, J., Mann, B., Tulloch, S., Nidsjo, A., Hodge, P., Maiden, N. & Simpson, A. (2016). StreetWise: developing a serious game to support forensic mental health service users’ preparation for discharge: a feasibility study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jpm.12340

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Abstract

Forensic Mental Health [FMH] services are tasked with ensuring public safety whilst supporting service user recovery and reintegration into wider society. Due to past histories of offending behaviour, FMH service users are often detained under the Mental Health Act (2007) within secure settings where they are monitored and their freedom and self-governance is limited. Restricted community access makes risk assessment and skill development for community living problematic. The measures of control and security inherent within FMH services pose a challenge to social integration and recovery, whereby users feel empowered with self-efficacy to work towards their own goals with hope and optimism (Simpson & Penney, 2011). Additionally, detention in secure services leads to isolation from the community which adds risk and stigma to the complexity of the service users’ journey of recovery.

This feasibility study explores how new technologies may be used to support FMH service users on their journey to recovery. A prototype serious game was co-produced with FMH service users with the aim of enabling service users to engage safely with community based scenarios and begin to develop skills for community living and consider self-management in risky situations whilst detained within a secure environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Reynolds, L. M., Davies, J., Mann, B., Tulloch, S., Nidsjo, A., Hodge, P., Maiden, N. & Simpson, A. (2016). StreetWise: developing a serious game to support forensic mental health service users’ preparation for discharge: a feasibility study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, which is published in final form here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12340. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: School of Health Sciences
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15122

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