Police in Hertfordshire are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts on Monday (May 10) at a time when many people may be suffering from increased anxiety and stress.
Every day police officers come into contact with people in mental health crisis.
The force works closely with partners in the health and emergency services in Hertfordshire to make sure those people receive the most appropriate care.
We know that COVID-19 and the associated restrictions have affected many people’s mental wellbeing.
It is important to raise awareness of these issues and let people know where to access help and support.
The awareness week runs until Sunday (May 16) and has the theme of nature, something that has been vital to millions of people during the lockdowns.
The force will be sharing messages on social media throughout the week using the nationally-recognised hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #ConnectWithNature
Detective Inspector Jo Briggs, who leads Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Mental Health and Policing team, said: “As a force, we are often dealing with members of the public at their most vulnerable. My team’s role is to work in partnership with mental health services to make sure no-one is unnecessarily detained under the Mental Health Act, make sure that mental health issues do not go undiagnosed in custody and work in partnership to support people.”