Mental Health Support
Everyday police officers come into contact with people in mental health crisis. The force works closely with partners in the health and emergency services in Swindon and Wiltshire to make sure those people receive the most appropriate care.
We know that COVID-19 and the associated restrictions have affected many people’s mental wellbeing. It is important to raise awareness of these issues and let people know where to access help and support.
There are many ways people can help reduce their anxiety levels before they become too much. Useful websites include:
Free listening services
These services offer confidential support from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult:
- Call 116 123to talk to Samaritans, or email: [email protected] for a reply within 24 hours
- Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19
Get advice from 111 or ask for an urgent GP appointment if:
- you are not able to speak to your local NHS urgent mental health helpline
- you need help urgently for your mental health, but it's not an emergency
- you're not sure what to do
111 will tell you the right place to get help if you need to see someone.
You may be able to speak to a nurse, or mental health nurse, over the phone.