Discharge and moving on

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If you think you are coming out of prison without the support you need for your mental illness you must tell prison staff before you leave. They should be able to provide you with support.

The more you can do to plan ahead before discharge, the better.

We advise that while you are still in prison, you check that mental health support services in prison are in communication with those in the community. If this is the case, you are more likely to receive the right services as soon as possible when you are released.

If you have nowhere to live on release, it is extremely important to engage with housing services before you leave. Make full use of any resettlement services available inside the prison and ask for help from family and friends.

If you intend to claim benefits on release, you should do so as soon as possible to avoid delay in receiving benefit.

  • Hafal’s advice: On the recovery page you’ll find information on care planning. It is a good idea to look at this section before you leave prison so that you can consider what practical steps you need to take before and after your release.


If you are discharged on license it is important to comply with the conditions imposed; if there are any difficulties then probation must be consulted as soon as possible.

License conditions can vary considerably, dependent on the sentence.

Sentence of 2 years or less:
You will only serve half of your sentence in prison.

Sentence of 18 months:
You will serve 9 months, you will have 9 months on license and 3 months on supervision.