Today is World Mental Health Day, and Derbyshire Constabulary would like to remind everyone that it is okay not to be okay, and help is available if you’re struggling.
According to Mind, the mental health charity, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem, whether that’s you, your parent, sibling, best friend or co-worker.
Lynne Wynne is a Senior Contact Management Officer in the control room, and every day the team come across various people struggling with their mental health. As well as this, she is a ‘Blue Light Champion’ for the force, offering guidance to officers and staff who are also facing difficulties.
She said: “It’s important that we raise awareness of mental health and try and improve people’s understanding and reduce stigma.
“Sadly, as police, we do see the impact that mental health can have and come across people struggling every day with mental health related issues.
“If you are struggling at all and need assistance, there’s so much support out there to help you. They are your first port of call – but if we come across anyone struggling, we always signpost you the best places to get help.
“The most important thing is don’t struggle alone."
If you’re having difficulties with your mental health or you’re struggling to cope, the below support can help.