Police raise awareness of mental health in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 15:09 14 February 2019

Neighbourhood Sergeant Noel Buckley and PCSO Cheryll Lavell joined partners from Hertsmere Borough Council, British Transport Police and the Samaritans on a ‘walkabout’ in Potters Bar.
Picture: Supplied by Herts Police

Neighbourhood Sergeant Noel Buckley and PCSO Cheryll Lavell joined partners from Hertsmere Borough Council, British Transport Police and the Samaritans on a ‘walkabout’ in Potters Bar. Picture: Supplied by Herts Police

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Police, council workers and the Samaritans have been raising awareness of mental health following two deaths at Potters Bar train station in one month.

As part of ‘Time to Talk’ day, neighbourhood sergeant Noel Buckley and PCSO Cheryll Lavell joined partners from Hertsmere Council, British Transport Police and the Samaritans on a ‘walkabout’ in the town.

Sergeant Buckley said: “Potters Bar train station has had two sudden deaths, so it was important to get the message across to commuters of how to spot the signs of someone feeling anxious and depressed.

“Commuters were given leaflets about raising awareness of the importance of talking to others.”

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Potters Bar businesses were also visited and managers were spoken to about the health and well-being of staff.

They were offered the opportunity to attend a free three-hour course, delivered by ‘Spot the Signs’ to adults in Hertfordshire in the near future.

The training is designed to help:

•Increase awareness and knowledge about mental health

•Explore information about which groups of people are most at risk and why

•Make you feel more confident in spotting the signs of someone feeling isolated and vulnerable

•Introduce practical steps about what actions you may take if you notice someone is distressed.

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