In this episode of the 87% podcast we speak with Che Donald, Vice Chair of The Police Federation for England and Wales.
Che discusses how this notorious 'macho' culture that runs throughout the police is changing when it comes to the predominant male workforce (29% of the police workforce in the UK are women) talking about mental health.
"People who are in mental distress are patients, not prisoners"
- Che Donald
Che talks about how in 60% of cases, the police are the first port of call when it comes to mental health issues, and how they regularly work with mental health professions when assessing those in custody. Che also opens up about his personal mental health experiences which led to him taking 6 months leave from work.
Thanks Che for a fascinating discussion!