Federation supports a new mental health guide for police being published today

23 January 2014

The guide, Police and mental health – how to get it right locally, is being released by Victim Support in partnership with Mind today.

Kevin Huish, the Police Federation lead on custody and mental health issues, said: “This guide highlights the excellent work that the Police Federation undertakes in partnership with ACPO and key charities on behalf of its members in a crucial, high risk area of policing.  It is one element of a key Federation campaign to drive national improvements in training, knowledge and essential changes to mental health legislation so that officers are better prepared and equipped to help those suffering mental ill health and most importantly the service and care provided to those individuals.

“The guide includes sections that will assist both operational officers and those responsible for force policies and instigating initiatives to improve local services. The key findings from the ‘At Risk Yet Dismissed’ research show that we need to improve the service we give to victims but also shows that improvements have been made and that we’re moving in the right direction.

“There are some excellent local examples of good practice that can be emulated from appropriate adult schemes to training initiatives. The key section for operational officers is ‘communicating effectively with people with mental health problems’ and there is some really sound practical advice for officers.”

The guide will be available in copies of Police magazine and also online at: http://www.mind.org.uk/media/618027/2013-12-03-Mind_police_final_web.pdf