Thames Valley Police is committed to working alongside our partners to help people suffering from mental health issues.
According to research by Mind, one in four people will have mental health problems at some point in their life time and therefore it is vital that we support both our staff and members of the community who are affected by these issues.
Everyday across the Force, officers respond to mental health related incidents and we have been working hard with our partners to make sure we respond in the most appropriate manner to ensure that individuals receive the specialist support that they require.
Thames Valley Police has rolled out mental health training to every front line officer in the Force, highlighting the experiences and outcomes of people who come into contact with police when having a mental health crisis. This has led to improved awareness, confidence and joint relationships between the health and police services.
Street triage schemes have been rolled out across eight of the Local Policing Areas (LPA). These schemes see police officers and mental health professionals working side-by- side to find less restrictive and alternative options to the use of Section 136 and avoiding using custody as a place of safety.
Internally, Thames Valley Police are committed to supporting our staff’s wellbeing and we have a network of Blue Light Champions who work hard to raise awareness of mental health problems and challenge mental health stigma.
Where to find help
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from mental health issues then you should speak to your GP. Further help and advice can be obtained from the following national charities;