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Sandwell officers encouraged to talk in support for mental health

Our Sandwell police officers are supporting each other with their mental health by holding a series of sessions to encourage everyone to simply talk.

The support network has been arranged by the charity Tough Enough To Care and this month they held an introductory drop in meeting at West Bromwich police station.

Tough Enough To Care is an independently-run support group, aimed at getting men in tough working environments to talk about their mental health. The group formed following the suicides of close friends and they decided that something had to be done to make mental health easier to talk about - just as easy as chatting about how the football went on Saturday or how awful the weather is.

Their work and support is primarily aimed at people who work in the armed forces, emergency services, construction industries and sports clubs to try and change the way of thinking and stamp out the “man up” culture that is often seen and felt.

The session, which consisted of a mix of open group and one-to-one chats, was held in the evening at the start of the month and all available Sandwell officers – in particular men, were asked to come together after work to talk about their day to day stresses from their personal or work life.  

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Several officers attended and spoke with the team at Tough Enough To Care and asked for coping mechanisms and advice.

The Sandwell Partnerships team who helped to organise the night were happy to see that the event was beneficial for attendees and served as a first step for many in helping to talk about things that affect them.

The charity’s input proved to be such a success that officers have now requested their attendance at upcoming training and away days and for consideration for a presentation to be given to new recruits.

The group hold support sessions in Cradley Heath and Northfield fire stations every Monday and encourage men to attend to offload their worries in a friendly and non-judgmental environment. They promise that everything discussed with them is confidential and where appropriate, ongoing support and referral contacts will be given.

The support group want to share their message far and wide…
“The hardest step you will take is the one through the door and please remember, it is good to talk!”

We’d like to thank the team for their work and more information on the services the group offer can be found here: https://toughenoughtocare.help/

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