The report, ‘Policing and Mental Health: Picking up the Pieces’, was today (27, November 2018) published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

In the report it highlights how the police are increasingly being used as a default service for people suffering from mental health problems and that there needs to be a radical rethink and a longer-term solution to what has become a national crisis.

HMICFRS look at how well forces identify people with mental health problems when they first contact the police and identifies the number of cases involving people with mental health problems.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Police having to deal with people who have mental health issues is a growing area of concern. The police are having to assist some very vulnerable people yet they are not medically trained.

“I am pleased that the report does commend South Yorkshire Police call handlers for the way they deal with people who have mental health issues. In turn they have been helping police officers to understand better how they can assist these vulnerable people.

“I would very much support the force speaking directly to those with mental health issues to better understand how they might respond even more effectively.

“Collaboration and the sharing of information between the different agencies is also happening and making a big difference in the ability of partners to help those with mental health problems”.

You can read the full report here.