Staffordshire Police has today, Thursday September 10, became one of the first forces in the country to sign up to a national pledge to develop action plans to support the welfare of its staff.
The Blue Light Time to Change pledge was signed by Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, Supt Carl Ratcliffe and Occupational Health Manager Donna Cantrell at a special welfare event at the force’s HQ in Stafford.
The force’s action plans will be in line with the nationwide Time to Change campaign developed by the mental health charity Mind to raise awareness and challenge discrimination and stigma around mental health.
Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: “I have signed the pledge to show our absolute commitment to making positive changes to how we support the mental health and wellbeing of our workforce.
“Staffordshire is setting the pace for this initiative. We are the third force in the country to commit to the pledge along with Leicestershire and Kent.
Staffordshire’s statement is:
“To empower our staff to be knowledgeable and to speak openly about mental health in order that they feel valued and supported in managing their own wellbeing and in providing a high class service to the public they serve.”
The pledge signing heralds the launch of a three-month long “wellbeing tour” on September 14, which will take health and wellbeing advice and messages, health assessments, vaccinations and relaxation sessions to staff at police bases throughout the county.
Evidence shows that mental ill-health will affect one in four people at some point in their lives. Many problems are common everyday illnesses including stress, depression and anxiety as well as illnesses such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) bi-polar and schizophrenia.