Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training

  • Police officers in Dorset will be receiving training at Bournemouth University so that they are able to support people suffering with mentalhealth.jpgtheir mental health.

    The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the public displaying signs of mental health distress, reports the Bournemouth Echo.

    Dr Andrew Mayers, a psychologist and mental health campaigner at Bournemouth University, said: "I am honoured to be working alongside Dorset HealthCare on this crucial project. Unnecessarily detaining vulnerable people experiencing mental health crises will only worsen outcomes and reinforce distrust. The street triage offers a more positive alternative, and it is encouraging to see the growing success of the project. To support that we are also delivering mental health awareness training. The aim is to equip police officers and support staff with the skills needed to deal with complex situations. It is also important that police officers look after their own mental health. We can help them do that."

    Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, added: "This partnership with Bournemouth University will equip officers with even greater knowledge and skills to help make the right decisions when policing our towns and neighbourhoods."

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