A Little Humility @MentalHealthCop

Mental Health Cop

As with buses coming in groups of three after you’ve waited half an hour, I tend to find issues highlighted to me at the College come in groups. I remember writing a BLOG on Guardianship having had several calls in a few days to an incident involving s7 of the MHA having had no previous incidents of this kind in about fifteen years of policing! But this week has been particularly interesting because it was not a particular piece of legislation or a particular situation that leapt up several times: it was feedback and examples about the police ‘debate’ about their role in the broader mental health system. The feedback from others, including a very senior psychiatrist who I know well enough to know is sympathetic to the police position, was nervously given as only feedback is when it’s something you’d rather not have to give, but nevertheless must.  Some…

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