£3 million fund to improve mental health support launched
This announcement follows the publication of interim results from our Injury on Duty survey, which is being carried out by a team from the University of Surrey. The responses of 8447 participants have been analysed and it was found that 82% had experienced either a physical or psychological injury within the last 5 years and 45% had taken a week or longer off work as a result.
Gill Scott Moore, CEO of the Police Dependants’ Trust, said: “By far, the most common reported injuries were psychological – in particular anxiety and depression – so it is perhaps unsurprising that better access to mental health services was rated as a high priority by those who took part in the survey.
“The final report, which will include data from 59 in-depth interviews, will be published in the autumn but we were keen to respond immediately to the clear need that exists for better mental health support.”
The OneInFour Fund is so-called because, according to the Health Survey for England, that’s the number of adults who will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some stage during their lives. The purpose of the fund is to develop the capacity and capability of police forces to support those who suffer psychological harm as a result of their policing role, and to contribute to an evidence base of “what works” to share learning across the police service.
DCC Andy Rhodes from Lancashire Constabulary is the national lead for Wellbeing and Policing. He said: “The NPCC Wellbeing and Engagement working group have identified stress, anxiety and depression as a major priority for police forces after reviewing several staff surveys and case studies. It is a hugely under-reported issue and the PDT fund will stimulate real innovation whilst helping to reduce stigma. It’s a massive boost to help support the people who do an amazing job day in day out.”
£3 million will be made available to police forces over the next three years. The maximum grant available over the three-year period will be £150,000 and all UK police forces will be eligible to apply. Projects must be designed to assist in addressing formally identified gaps in provision e.g. for England as identified by undertaking a Public Health England Workplace Wellbeing Charter gap analysis or to address concerns/gaps identified via PEEL Inspections.
Applications for funding will open later in the year and more information will be posted here.