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Time to Talk day

3 Feb, 2021

British Transport
Police Federation
Feb 3, 2021

Time to Talk day

Time to Talk is led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and the aim of Time to Talk Day (4 February 2021) is to get the nation talking about mental health. Your attitude to mental health could change someone's life so we wanted to share some police-focussed resources that you might find useful.

First and foremost, we encourage you to speak with your supervisor, a trusted colleague and/or your local Fed rep. From support available through the Group Insurance scheme to grants and loans from the Welfare Fund, your local rep can advise on the help available to you, depending on your circumstances and needs. Find your local rep.

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential service run independently from BTP, providing help in a variety of areas from financial guidance to bereavement support. They provide help in a variety of areas including psychological issues, work and relationship problems, addictions, bereavement, caring issues as well as legal and financial concerns. Call 0800 328 9972 (24/7).

There is also a wealth of support available from trusted charities and police-related organisations:

You can refer yourself, or someone else, for counselling from Police Care UK. Depending on your needs, the charity offers guided self-help, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). Find out more.

The Police Treatment Centres' Psychological Wellbeing Programme is a two week structured programme designed specifically for serving officers with mild to moderate anxiety and depression, and stress related issues. The Centres are currently closed due to the impact of coronavirus but you can find out more about the programme here, ready for when they reopen.

Backup Buddy is a mental health support app for police officers and staff and covers a range of problems we may face including anxiety, anger, depression, and stress. The app gives practical advice and support on maintaining good mental health, spotting warning signs for ourselves and others, and has advice on getting help for ourselves and our colleagues. Search for the app in your app store and select the BTP version.

Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support plus resources, tips and ideas aimed specifically at the emergency services. It's a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Find out more.

Police Mutual has compiled some wellbeing tips so you can help yourself and others. Read the guide.

This week is also Children's Mental Health week so here are a couple of additional resources specific to children and young people:

St George's Police Children Trust provides counselling grants of up to £1,000 per child. These are available to all beneficiaries who wish to access counselling to support a young person through bereavement or a difficult time. This support can be accessed at any time up to the age of 25 and does not need to be immediately after a specific event. Find out more.

Police Mutual's guide offers tips and advice as well as links to organisations that can help. Read the guide.

Is there anything we have missed? If you want to recommend other police-specific support services that have assisted you, let us know.