9 October 2020
Police Mutual is encouraging members to use World Mental Health Day tomorrow (10 October) as an opportunity to take the first step to improving their own, or someone else’s, mental wellbeing.
Coronavirus has brought changes, challenges and worries for us all and the impact of months of lockdown and loss cannot be underestimated.
But key workers have been on the front-line during the pandemic so the need for mental health and psychological support for many of them is expected to increase in the coming months and years.
Police Mutual has also launched a mental health fact sheet to coincide with World Mental Health Day. It has tips and ideas on how to make positive changes to improve mental health and suggests members make the best they can of the ‘new normal’ by creating their own routines of enjoyable activities, whatever they may be, and spending time looking after their own physical and mental wellbeing.
It also includes links to support organisations such as Mind and Anxiety UK and details on the Police Mutual Health Assured app.
Ross Hume, relationship manager at Police Mutual, said: “Research has shown that emergency services workers are twice as likely as the public to identify issues at work as the main cause of their mental health problems, but they are also significantly less likely to seek help.
“Making a positive change for your own, or someone else’s mental health, is more important now than ever before. So whatever you’ve been through this year, World Mental Health Day is a chance to make that change.
“We know it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start so do just one thing tomorrow, whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative. Take the first step to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else. Take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day.”