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Support for Healthy Mind – 12 .5.2021

Just a selection of some of the ways in which we provide support for Healthy Mind to our workforce:

Critical Incident Debriefing

Our team of trained Critical Incident Debriefers run debriefs for welfare purposes following a critical incident, which includes signposting. Since a positive pilot in March 2020, this also now includes contact with everyone involved in a critical incident by a member of the welfare support team just after the incident and a month afterwards.

Info here.

Health and Wellbeing site

We provide lots of information and support for Healthy Mind on our SharePoint Intranet page including factsheets on mental health disorders, information about stress including a Stress Risk Assessment and guidance for Line Managers on supporting teams.

Info here.

Healthy Mind Foundation Training We have been delivering a half day training course to everybody in NWP to ensure they’re aware of tools to support their wellbeing and mental health, and how to seek support with stress and other mental health related issues. This includes our Personal Wellbeing Plan. We will soon be launching a bitesize online learning version of this training to provide an alternative method of raising awareness.
Healthy Mind Intermediate Training All Line Managers will be attending a one day course focussing on having welfare and wellbeing conversations and using the different tools available such as our Stress Risk Assessment.
Mental Health Peer Supporters

We have a team of over 70 officers and staff who have volunteered to provide informal and confidential support and signposting to anyone working for North Wales Police who are struggling to maintain a Healthy Mind.

Info here.

Mindfulness

We are running 8 week Mindfulness Courses to our workforce in conjunction with Bangor University (since October 2020). The aim of the programme is to learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, thoughts, emotions, moods, social interactions and situations. The programme is especially focused on how mindfulness can be helpful in managing busy, demanding and stressful working lives.

Info here.

Monthly Promotions We run wellbeing promotions monthly on different topics. Recent promotions include Women’s Health Awareness.
Occupational Health

Our Occupational Health team provide advice on individuals absent or working recuperative / adjusted duties due to psychological disorders to help support them back to work or full duties.

They also co-ordinate a counselling service available to anybody in our workforce which includes counsellors trained in therapies for PTSD such as EMDR.

Info here.

Psychological Welfare Screening We have assessed the psychological risk of all roles in North Wales Police. We offer both mandatory and voluntary welfare screening to monitor the psychological wellbeing of our workforce and provide further support, including counselling, if necessary.

Info here.

Resilience We will soon be introducing one to one wellbeing and resilience coaching for individuals. The details of who this support will be available to and how many sessions will be provided each year is currently being agreed.
Sanctuary Rooms We have a programme of creating Sanctuary Rooms around our Force area, as a place to take time out, do Mindfulness or a place for prayers or religious observance.

Info here.

Silvercloud

We now have free access for all of our workforce to the Silvercloud Online Self-Help Programmes covering topics such as stress, sleep and resilience.

Info here.

Tea and Talk Sessions

We run regular virtual Tea and Talk sessions on different wellbeing topics, including mental health, which give individuals the opportunity to share experiences and receive advice and peer support.
The Ben Fund is available for Police Officers who can pay a monthly fee to access physio, counselling, holistic therapies and more at The Ben Fund centre in Lancashire.

As a Force, we are also paying The Ben Fund to provide a limited number of places on overnight wellbeing stays. These will be prioritised for roles at high psychological risk due to the nature of the role.

Info here.

Volunteer Chaplaincy Team Our multi-faith volunteer Chaplains are available to provide support, irrespective of religious background.

Info here.

Welfare Support Team

We have a Welfare Support Team of three (introduced in 2020): a Welfare Support Team Leader and two Welfare Support Officers. They provide one to one support psychological support for individuals who have tried self-help and mental health peer support, but need additional support. They provide support for a variety of scenarios including stress, individuals struggling with long term conditions, COVID19 related support and bereavement. They also provide welfare support to teams, through drop in sessions, debriefs and awareness sessions.

Info here.

Yoga

We are providing access to an online Yoga Programme (from October 2020), which provides benefits for healthy backs, eases tensions and provides a general feeling of wellbeing.

Info here.