After rapid growth the Curtis Palmer Program applied for its own independent Charity Number and now focus on helping those within the Policing Family. The remit of care is both serving and retired Police Officers and Police Staff. The sickness cost for many Police Forces is over a million pound a year and the joint number one reason for sickness nationally is PTSD/stress. The CPP offers help to the physically injured/ill and those suffering with stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD or their mental health wellbeing. We focus on getting staff back to work in a better place using the NHS 5 steps to mental health wellbeing.
A supportive group who understood being valued/being supported. Confidence building. Great mindfulness. Did not think about work. Learnt a new skill I did not think I could do.
I have seen the improvement in my mental health as being part of a project that brings people together helped me to feel like a problem shared is a problem halved, boosted my confidence and willing to try new things. I feel that I am a part of something special. I now focus I what I can do achieve next.
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.
Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word.