Mental illness an issue in prison

Toledo, OH - For many inmates that end up in the Toledo Vorrectional Institution, the walls of the prison are the last home they will ever know, and freedom is only a memory.

In some cases, the thought of an entire life behind bars may not be an option, and inmates choose to end their own life.

"They can't see any alternative," says John Debruyne, CEO of Rescue Incorporated. "All they can see is they're going to be locked away, and how do they end that pain?"

One in four people are said to suffer from some form of depression, but when someone is locked away, a person is six times more likely to commit suicide.

Some inmates, who have committed crimes like rape or other sexual assault on children, often have an even more difficult time.

Last week, Dale Boerio, who was serving 40-years to life sentence for the rape and sexual assault of a young boy, was found dead in his cell. The report states the 27-year-old had hung himself with his sheet.

While we can only speculate as to the exact reason, the dark place of depression is dabilitating.

Deruyne says, "Depression is a disease. It can be treated successfully, and it needs to be treated."

There is an obvious stigma attached to mental illness, but Debruyne says that studies prove it's not a sign of weakness to get help, but actually takes more strength to report it.

But to seek out help, whether a prison inmate or not, can only benefit your mental well-being..