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7 October 2021
As World Mental Health Day approaches, Hertfordshire Police Federation is asking members to do one thing to help look after their own and others’ mental health.
The day, which falls on Sunday (10 October), is focused on promoting mental health and wellbeing and encouraging more discussion around an often sensitive subject.
Hertfordshire Police Federation chair Geoff Bardell said it was easy for people to get involved and help themselves and others.
“Just doing one thing can make a huge difference,” said Geoff. “For example, just reaching out to a colleague and asking if they’re OK can be the start of a road to recovery, or a good chance to help alleviate the stigma that still stops a lot of officers from talking about their mental health.
“Please do take the opportunity of World Mental Health Day to see what you can do.”
Geoff’s call is inspired by Mind’s “Do One Thing” campaign, which is also encouraging blue light services to do “one thing” to promote better mental health.
Later this autumn, Mind’s Blue Light Programme will run a campaign aimed at challenging the stigma that often prevents emergency services workers from talking about their mental health.
According to the Police Federation of England and Wales’ July 2021 Pay and Morale Survey, 69 per cent of respondents reported they have experienced difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing over the past 12 months, either caused or exacerbated by work.
However, just 22 per cent of them had subsequently sought help.