Mental health services in London and the MPS

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2673
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What services does the MPS offer to its officers and staff to ensure that their mental health and well-being are taken seriously? What more would the MPS like to offer?

Answer

Answer for Mental health services in London and the MPS

Answer for Mental health services in London and the MPS

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS offers a variety of mental health services to officers and staff.

       Occupational Health & Wellbeing offer a range of counselling and psychological support solutions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, real-time counselling and more specialist interventions if required.

       There is a counselling self-referral system and 24 hour psychological support through a duty and on-call counsellors contact service.

       Occupational psychological screening takes place before allocation of certain roles where there is a higher risk of developing mental health issues.

       There is also a robust process in place for the management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that includes preventative strategy, assessment and post incident management.

       With the assistance of mental health practitioners the MPS are also working on a trial peer support programme.

       The MPS also provides mental health education sessions and presentations focussing on stress awareness and resilience building.