Champions Light the Way for Mental Health Awareness to Police

A special group of police officers and staff have been trained to help colleagues look after their mental health and reduce stigma as trained Blue Light Champions.

50 people from Cleveland Police have now become dedicated champions following a training programme led by the mental health charity Mind.

Champions raise awareness of mental health and help to break down stigma in the workplace that can prevent people from seeking support. 

National research says that 91 per cent of police officers have experienced stress or poor mental health at work.

Inspector Phil Spencer, who is leading on the initiative, said: “Many of our officers and staff struggle with the horrific incidents that they witness and the trauma of death and devastation that they deal with. We absolutely must provide a safe space for them to seek help if they wish.

“Our blue light champions are already doing some great work in raising awareness of mental health and the pathways for our colleagues to get support. We hope to continue to train staff in becoming blue light champions, and would like to thank our friends at the charity MIND for their ongoing support.”

Cleveland Police Blue Light Champions have been out and about this week to raise awareness as part of mental health awareness week and have hosted cake and chat sessions and daily information emails have been sent to all police officers and staff.