Norfolk police boss backs mental health campaign

Stephen Bett Norfolk's new Police and Crime Commissioner ENGANL00120121122145829

Stephen Bett Norfolk's new Police and Crime Commissioner ENGANL00120121122145829

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Police chiefs have given their backing to a national campaign aimed to raise awareness of mental health problems.

The pledge outlines a number of initiatives which police are developing to help people with mental health conditions and coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, which began on Monday.

Officers and police staff are receiving extra training and support, while a £1.3 million trial has also been launched to give vulnerable people who find themselves in trouble with the law additional support to help transform their lives.

Norfolk police and crime commissioner Stephen Bett said: “Every year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem.

“Those statistics show the importance for us as a society to recognise mental health issues and not to look the other way.

“Improving support for those with mental health problems remains a top priority for me, as evidenced by the introduction of mental health nurses into the Norfolk control room.

“I also fully support Mental Health Awareness Week. Anything that brings the issue into mainstream discussion is a huge positive.”