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:

NHS – access to mental health services

Wiltshire MIND

Swindon and Gloucestershire MIND

Swindon and Wiltshire Mental Health Crisis Teams


Free listening services

These services offer confidential support from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult:

If you're under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.


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.

Use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111.

You may be able to speak to a nurse, or mental health nurse, over the phone.