Take an opportunity to do your bit for mental health

Gwent Police Federation’s wellbeing lead is encouraging members to think about one thing they can do to improve mental health for themselves or others as World Mental Health Day.

Danielle Threader said: “It can be easy to think of mental health support as a vast and complicated subject and, in some ways, it is, but it can also be as easy as checking in on a colleague or letting someone you trust know how you’re feeling.

“World Mental Health Day on Sunday (10 October) is a great opportunity to be a bit more aware of our own mental health and wellbeing, and to take five minutes to reach out or do a bit of education that can save a lot of time in the long run.”

Danielle’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.

Find out more about World Mental Health Day.