Journal Entry 

 Saturday, December 30, 2023: Mental Health and Healing 

Michael Santos

Michael Santos

Navigating Life After Incarceration

The journey after incarceration is not just about physical freedom; it’s equally about mental health and healing. This path requires resilience, planning, and a strong sense of self. Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” at Prison Professors Talent, emphasizes these aspects, preparing individuals for the challenges and opportunities that await them post-release.

The Story of Bob: Preparation and Success

Bob’s story, a former course participant, highlights the importance of preparation. While in prison, Bob engaged with our course, laying a foundation for his future. Upon release, he secured income opportunities, a testament to his foresight and determination. However, when he encountered another formerly incarcerated person struggling with homelessness and the challenges post-incarceration, he reached out for guidance.

Addressing Post-Release Challenges

Bob’s concern for his fellow man reflects a deep understanding of the difficulties many people face after release. These challenges often stem from a lack of preparation during incarceration, underscoring the importance of using time effectively to build a strong foundation for the future.

Focusing on Self-Strength

My advice to Bob, and to all who find themselves in similar situations is to focus on building personal strength, particularly financial stability. Achieving financial security is crucial in overcoming the hurdles that a criminal past might present. It provides a buffer against many post-release challenges and allows for greater freedom to support others.

Critical Thinking and Financial Preparation
  1. Financial Planning: Begin planning for your financial future as early as possible. Consider how you can create income opportunities post-release and start working towards them while still in prison.
  2. Mental Health Awareness: Pay attention to your mental health. Engage in activities that promote well-being, such as exercise, reading, meditation, or counseling.
  3. Skills Development: Invest time in developing skills that will be valuable in the job market. This can range from vocational training to academic education, depending on your interests and opportunities available.
Participating in ‘Preparing for Success after Prison

Our course is designed to aid in this preparation, offering guidance and resources for both personal and professional development. We focus on equipping you with the skills needed to navigate life after incarceration successfully.

Invitation to Share and Participate

We invite you to join our course and start your journey toward success. Share your progress and challenges with us at [email protected]. Include “Request a Book” in the subject line to receive a book from our resources, such as “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence” or “Success after Prison.”

Challenge for Our Readers
  1. Financial Goal Setting: Outline your financial goals for the first year post-release. What steps can you take now to start achieving these goals?
  2. Mental Health Plan: Develop a plan to maintain your mental health upon release. This could include identifying support networks, resources, or activities that promote well-being.
  3. Self-Reflection: Reflect on your strengths and areas for growth. How can you use your time now to develop in these areas?

In conclusion, “Mental Health and Healing: Navigating Life After Incarceration” is about more than just surviving post-release; it’s about thriving. By focusing on mental health, financial preparation, and personal development, you can build a solid foundation for a successful and fulfilling life outside prison walls.

Respectfully,

Michael Santos
Founder, Prison Professors