UPDATE >>> You will now find the series of blogs I am referring to on their own page at the top of the blog. There is a scroll down menu for the different legal jurisdictions within the UK.
I have had feedback coming through on email and Twitter for a while, that officers are finding the blogs very useful – in terms of providing ‘training’ on mental health which has been badly wanted for years and also in terms of being used as a reference tool at incidents. In particular, it has validated the hours of time spent writing these materials in the evenings. Because people have asked(!) I tend to park myself in front of the TV with a favourite film on after my family are in bed and get typing.
Tonight I sat down with the intention of writing several very short, very punchy blogs and I’ve just published six. The intention is not to tell a story, give a view or waffle on about my view of the world – the intention was to write “DO THIS, THINK ABOUT THIS, BALANCE THESE ISSUES TO REACH A A DECISION” type blogs. I will then be able to arrange the blog and these pages in a way that makes the blog more useable.
So the six blogs I’ve published are each under 300 words, on:
- s136 and Places of Safety
- s135 and Assessments on Private Premises
- Red Flags
I also intend to also cover “MH Crisis in Private Premises” and “RAVE risks” as well as doing versions of the first three for Scotland and Northern Ireland – although I’ll probably postpone that for another evening! I’ll publish a page that has all these links on there, with a link to the blog’s FAQ page which will shortly get updated.
All taken together, it should make the blog more ‘useable’ by frontline cops, who are the primary audience. It should also mean that officers could link to these pages via a SmartPhone icon and at the touch of a button have materials which are consumable at police jobs, to help with decisions.
The Mental Health Cop blog
– won the ConnectedCOPS ‘Top Cop’ Award for leveraging social media in policing.
– won the Digital Media Award from the UK’s leading mental health charity, Mind
– won a World of Mentalists #TWIMAward for the best in mental health blogs
– was highlighted by the Independent Commission on Policing & Mental Health
– was referenced in the UK Parliamentary debate on Policing & Mental Health
– was commended by the Home Affairs Select Committee of the UK Parliament.