DYFED-Powys Police is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 which runs from the 14th to the 20th May.
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme for this year is ‘Stress’. Their research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.
Chief Superintendent Vicki Evans said: “Mental health can affect any one of us, having good mental health is as important as having good physical health. The mental wellbeing of our officers, staff and communities is of fundamental importance.
It should not be treated as a taboo subject, we can all help to break the silence, talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult and can make a big difference.
By showing our support for this week, we will not only be getting our officers and staff talking about mental health but raising the profile of Mental Health issues generally and ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.
It is vital we all recognise ‘It’s okay NOT to be okay!’”
During the week, the force will be holding a number of internal events which will focus on staff mental wellbeing, on the impact of stress and explore ways of dealing with stress.
Local Neighbourhood Policing teams will be out and about in the community speaking to the public and raising awareness of mental health.