‘Invaluable’ mental health training given to local police officers

A mental illness partnership project between NHS Tayside and Police Scotland has been hailed a success.

Since the community triage pilot scheme started in March, more than 75 police officers have had training from mental health professionals to help them better support people in times of need.

Police are often a first point of contact to provide assistance to people who may be experiencing distress or mental illness.

Partnership inspector Suzanne Smith said: “Dealing with people, carers and families affected by mental ill health has become a daily occurrence for police.

“This training has been invaluable.”

Val Johnson, head of NHS Tayside adult mental health and learning disability inpatient services, said: “The goal is to assist officers to make the best decision about how to help the individual without necessarily having to take them to a mental health facility for assessment.”