Mental Health and Policing

For the first time, I’ve collated as much of the work I have done on mental health and policing as possible in to one place. This includes countless articles, videos, blogs and press releases, which you’ll see as you scroll through.

This is such a key issue for policing. Around one third of police time is spent dealing with cases involving mental health. Whilst officers and staff will always do the right thing for vulnerable people, these individuals need care from the NHS, not the police. This is not a problem of the police’s making. What we are seeing all too often is policing picking up the pieces for the mental health services providers.

Sadly, some TV appearances on Sky News and BBC News haven’t survived, and BBC iPlayer doesn’t keep radio interviews for longer than a month, but I hope this gives you some idea of the work that I have been doing in this area.

Some key landmarks that have been achieved:

  • Mental Health is at the top of Kent’s Police and Crime Plan
  • The establishment of Kent Police’s mental health team
  • Hosting local and regional conferences on the subject
  • Speaking at the Police Federation and NPCC National Conferences
  • Seeking Dementia Friendly Accreditation for my Office
  • Funding projects which reduce demand on policing
  • Campaigning successfully for police cells to no longer be deemed a place of safety
  • Working with HMICFRS on their mental health inspection report
  • Getting help faster for victims of sexual abuse
  • Setting up an oversight board which holds the NHS and police to account on this subject
  • Reforming the local Crisis Care Concordat
  • Funding mental health first aid courses for businesses
  • Enabled the homeless to get mental health care
  • Supported street pastors with mental health first aid training

17 June 2019

Matthew Scott welcomes commitment to end use of cells as a place of safety

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott welcomes Government plans to ban the use of police cells to detain people experiencing mental illness

APCC RESPONSE TO MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION ANNOUNCEMENT

15 May 2019

Another £136,000 granted to projects cutting mental health demand

14 May 2019

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

7 May 2019

1 March 2019

Maidstone and Mid Kent’s College Road base unveils £140,000 makeover, with new counselling rooms

February 2019

Matthew gives lecture on mental health and policing at Anglia Ruskin University

20 February 2019

Nearly 1,700 people suffering a mental health crisis in Kent and Medway detained by police

2 February 2019

APCC LEAD CHAIRS WESTMINSTER MENTAL HEALTH ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

  • https://www.apccs.police.uk/latest-news/apcc-lead-chairs-westminster-mental-health-round-table-discussion/

19 December 2018

Crisis calls to police down by 75% thanks to Deal wellbeing café for mental heath sufferers, Talk It Out

6 December 2018

Kent police and crime commissioner says review of Mental Health Act will free cops to fight crime

  • https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/mental-health-act-review-will-free-up-police-to-fight-crime-194823/

APCC MENTAL HEALTH LEAD WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF MENTAL HEALTH ACT REVIEW

27 November 2018

NHS failings ‘forcing police to respond to mental health incidents rather than crimes’, report finds

APCC RESPONSE TO HMICFRS REPORT – POLICING AND MENTAL HEALTH – PICKING UP THE PIECES

1 November 2018

16 October 2018

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner offers free mental health training to businesses

12 October 2018

Matthew Scott attends World Mental Health Day event

9 October 2018

Mental Health in the Workplace conference takes place at County Hall, Maidstone

14 September 2018

Mental Health in the Workplace conference to take place at County Hall in October

22 August 2018

APCC LEADS WRITE TO MINISTER OUTLINING NEXT STEPS TO PROTECT VULNERABLE ADULTS IN POLICE CUSTODY

5 June 2018

Police and paramedics teaming up on weekend nights

  • https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/rescue-teams-joining-forces-at-weekend-184085/

18 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week: Reducing the demand on policing

16 May 2018

PCC’s funding will save lives and increase wellbeing in our communities

14 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week: Reducing the demand on policing

APCC MENTAL HEALTH LEAD TO HEAD UP POLICING ELEMENT OF INDEPENDENT REVIEW

Maidstone holds suicide prevention conference on Mental Health Awareness Week

PCC will lead police part of Mental Health Act review

2 May 2018

INTERIM REPORT ON THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT: APCC RESPONSE

25 April 2018

Mental Health Conference

Inspiring speakers’ stories promote better mental health

13 April 2018

Third of police time spent dealing with mental health issues

9 April 2018

9 March 2018

Do you have an idea which could cut policing’s mental health demand?

PCC Matthew Scott backs mental health charity in Folkestone

12 February 2018

Fine NHS Trusts who keep officers attending mental health calls

7 February 2018

Sharing support and best practice on mental health across Eastern region

11 December 2017

NEW MENTAL HEALTH PROVISIONS – APCC RESPONSE

6 December 2017

Mental health trusts could be put in ‘impossible position’ by rule changes

16 November 2017

Mental health: Trusts should be fined if mentally ill people spend too long in police cells, Matthew Scott

8 November 2017

Kent PCC takes seat on Mental Health Act national review team

APCC LEAD ON MENTAL HEALTH JOINS PRIME MINISTER’S INDEPENDENT REVIEW TEAM

Vulnerable people and deaths in police custody

10 October 2017

The police are plugging a gap in mental healthcare provision – but we can’t do so forever

World Mental Health Day focus on Kent workforces

6 October 2017

World Mental Health Day (October 10) to focus on Kent workforces

18 September 2017

New sporting opportunities for those with mental health issues in Thanet

8 September 2017

World Suicide Prevention Day: Take a Minute to Change a Life

17 July 2017

Policing Minister impressed with focus on mental health in Kent

30 June 2017

Groups given £100,000 to reduce mental health demand on Kent Police

Police grant secures Talk It Out mental health hub at The Landmark Centre in Deal

22 June 2017

Minister commends work to improve mental health services

23 May 2017

Mind helps Kent Police tackle calls from people suffering mental health issues

16 May 2017

Speech to Police Federation Conference (at 21 minutes in)

• https://polfed17app.glasgows.co.uk/vod/day1part2

8 May 2017

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

25 April 2017

PCC-funded well-being cafes launch in West Kent

12 April 2017

PCC Matthew Scott visits Deal to discuss mental health

29 March 2017

PCC confident Kent Police will comply with new rules

25 January 2017

PCC ring fences £250,000 for new mental health and policing fund

11 January 2017

PCC welcomes PM’s proposals for mental health

25 October 2016

Matthew Scott welcomes Government cash for mental health services in Kent

12 October 2016

10 October 2016

PCC launches policing survey on World Mental Health Day

Kent mental health services: What’s good, what’s bad and what’s changing?

19 September 2016

Making mental health a priority for the police in Kent

2 August 2016

PCC talks mental health at first Governance Board

Matthew Scott wants more funding as Kent police chiefs reveal force spends A THIRD of its time handling mental health cases

18 May 2016

PCC pledges commitment to tackling mental health

15 April 2016

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