Director of Agenda, Katharine Sacks-Jones, said: “The recent tragic rise in women’s suicides in prison is extremely concerning.
“Women in prison are often highly vulnerable. Many have experienced violence and abuse over the course of their lives and have significant mental health problems. Prison is simply not the right place for such a vulnerable group.
“Instead they need support in the community to tackle the underlying issues they face including help with mental health problems.
“It is vital that women have access to gender and trauma-informed mental health support which takes into account their specific needs and experiences. The call for each mental health trust to have a clinical lead for women’s mental health – will help drive change.
“The government must act urgently on the recommendations of this report if we are to avoid more women taking their lives in these circumstances.”