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Mental Health

Why are the police involved with mental health at all?

All officers swear an oath in court to preserve and protect life, and often people who are causing concern or who are at serious risk of harm through mental health come to notice of the police before they come to the attention of other agencies, such as the NHS or support groups. Often the police shouldn't need to be involved and will usually direct to the correct partner organisation to deal appropriately.

The People to Contact

Below are details on services and organisations that offer help and support directly to people with mental health problems:

Do you need urgent help?

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you're worried about someone you know - help is available.

You're not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E.

If you are struggling it is important that you talk to someone. Samaritans has a 24 hour phone line and there are many other organisations offering advice and support. 

If you are under 18, please call Childline on: 0800 1111

Top Ten Tips

It's important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Below are 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn't need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Why not start today?

1. Talk about your feelings

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

2. Keep active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.

3. Eat Well

Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that's good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.

4. Drink Sensibly

We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.

When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.

5. Keep in Touch

There's nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that's not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open: it's good for you!

6. Ask for Help

None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don't go to plan.

If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can't cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear.

Local services are there to help you.

7. Take a Break

A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health.

It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some 'me time'.

8. Do Something You're Good At

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past?

Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you're good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem

9. Accept Who You Are

We're all different. It's much healthier to accept that you're unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.

10. Care for Others

'Friends are really important... We help each other whenever we can, so it's a two-way street, and supporting them uplifts me.'

Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.

Our Work

Staffordshire Police are working with partners to improve the services provided to people experiencing mental health crisis. This is some of the work we have been involved with. 

Staffordshire Police have been engaging with partners to ensure that the services provided to people experiencing mental health crisis are improved. This has included:

  • Reducing the number of people taken to Police custody following detention under the Mental Health Act.
  • Working with partners to improve access to health based places of safety.
  • Training staff to ensure better understanding of the issues faced by people experiencing mental health crisis.
  • Minimising the use of Police vehicles to transport people experiencing mental health issues.
  • Improved information sharing amongst partners to ensure the most appropriate care for individuals.

Staffordshire Police has been a key partner in devising Action Plans as part of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat and we are committed to continuing to work with our partners in this important area.