Police to take the lead in raising awareness of mental illness

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POLICE from Wigan and across Greater Manchester will be raising awareness about mental health this week.

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and the force is seeing it as an additional opportunity for police to team up with specialists to share good practice and learn more about the avenues for support available for those who need help with managing their mental ill health.

The national theme for the week is Mindfulness and officers will be taking part in mindfulness sessions, helping officers and staff to learn more about looking after their own mental health when managing the pressures of everyday living. Staff will also be made aware of specific support they can access if the need arises.

Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe said: “This awareness week is an important one for Greater Manchester Police as each day we encounter people experiencing mental ill health. It is fantastic to continue to build on the strong links that we have with our healthcare partners to support our front line staff doing their best to support people needing our assistance and also raise awareness in our communities of the avenues of support they can access directly.

“Internally, as an organisation we also place a lot of importance on supporting the well-being of our own staff and offering support when required.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “There is a wealth of ground-breaking work taking place across Greater Manchester, bringing police, healthcare providers and voluntary organisations together to change the way we deliver mental health crisis care. We are already reaping the benefits of this, with vulnerable people getting the appropriate care and support they need, when they need it.”