“British police dealing with mental health is a sticking-plaster solution that doesn’t get to the heart of the problem”

Writing in The Conversation, Dr Arabella Scantlebury identifies problems with the current funding and provision of mental health services and highlights the need for a more collective response to the current mental health crisis. She writes: “With an estimated 15-20% of police time spent dealing with incidents associated with mental health, it is important that police officers are able to identify people …

Mental health training: a review of the literature

Our review of mental health training for the police and other non-mental health professionals has now been published. The review has found that a variety of training programmes exist for non-mental health professionals who come into contact with people who have mental health issues. There may be some short term change in behaviour for the trainees, but longer term follow …

February newsletter

The February newsletter is now available. It contains an update on the work of the various research streams. The main trial paper is being drafted along with a second paper that discusses the challenges of undertaking a Randomised Controlled Trial in the police setting.  Papers reporting on the development, content and delivery of the bespoke mental health training package and …

Relevant policy

Here are some policies in the general area of policing and mental health that might provide some useful background to the CONNECT project. The policies come from a variety of sources, include the Care Quality Commission, the Department of Health and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. It also includes the declaration and action plan for York and North Yorkshire for …

January newsletter

The January newsletter is now available. It contains an update on the work of the various research streams. Interviews with a sample of front-line officers (and Inspectors from some of the intervention group stations) have commenced and will be completed by early-mid February. Thank you to all officers who have volunteered their time to contribute to the evaluation of the …

Police Knowledge Fund workshop on Vulnerability

A workshop for the Police Knowledge Fund projects was held at the University of York on 29th November. With the overarching discussion theme of Vulnerability, representatives of the Police Knowledge Fund projects presented on the background of their projects, their research progress, issues faced and future plans. This workshop was a very valuable chance to connect with other researchers and …

November newsletter

The November newsletter is now available. It contains an update on the work of the various research streams. A workshop for Police Knowledge Fund projects was held at the University of York on 29th November.With the overarching discussion theme of Vulnerability, representatives of the Police Knowledge Fund projects presented on the background of their projects, their research progress, issues faced …

Together for mental wellbeing

Inspector Bill Scott from North Yorkshire Police explains how the York Pathways project helps ensure that people with multiple vulnerabilities don’t fall through service gaps. http://www.together-uk.org/ouryear/15-16/bill.php 30 November 2016

October newsletter

The October newsletter is now available. It contains an update on the work of the various research streams. We delivered three one-day training courses on research methods to 42 senior police officers and police staff from NYP over the period 18-20 October. The two papers reporting on the systematic review of mental health training interventions for non-mental health trained professionals …

Keir Starmer lecture

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer will deliver the inaugural North Yorkshire Police lecture next month. Rearranged from May, the lecture, now entitled Policing and security in a post-Brexit world, will be given at the University of York on 11 November. Since 2015, Sir Keir Starmer has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras. He was the Director of …