Police Mutual launches series of supportive factsheets

A series of free factsheets are available giving South Wales Police Federation members tips and advice on a range of issues including mental health, coping with cancer and protecting children on the internet.

The first has been produced to coincide with today’s Time to Talk Day (2 February), when friends, families, communities and workplaces are encouraged to talk about mental health.

Run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Talk Day aims to break down barriers and end mental health stigma and discrimination.

The free guide has been produced by Police Mutual, which provides financial services and welfare support to the police service.

It offers tips on helping others and starting conversations around mental health, and also includes advice on looking after your own mental health as well as signposting to support.

Download the Time to Talk Day factsheet.

Police Mutual has also produced a free factsheet for World Cancer Day on Saturday (4 February). The day aims to bring people together to raise awareness, improve education and bring about change.

This booklet offers advice on coping with a diagnosis, self-care during recovery from cancer and how to support a loved one living with it. It also provides links to sources of help and support.

Download the World Cancer Day factsheet.Safer Internet Day takes place on 7 February to promote safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

To coincide with the day, Police Mutual has produced a free factsheet to offer advice on looking after children online. It includes tips on how to protect your child on social media, in forums and group chats and how to deal with online bullying.

Download the Safer Internet Day factsheet.

Children’s Mental Health Week is the theme for a fourth Police Mutual factsheet.

Taking place next week (6 – 12 February), this year’s theme is Let’s Connect. The week is about making connections in a healthy, rewarding and meaningful way.

The guide includes information on the types of mental health issues that can affect children and young people such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Police Mutual has published a guide on safe internet use for children

It offers advice to help children and young people to stay mentally well such as eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe.

There are tips on how to support your child and signposts to help.

Download the Children’s Mental health Week factsheet.

Steve Treharne, South Wales Police Federation chair, said: “Police Mutual has produced a series of handy and helpful factsheets which are a great way to start conversations around some difficult subjects.

“They’re full of information and advice about upcoming awareness events and have helpful suggestions for more information and support. And best of all, they’re free.

“And if you are struggling, you can always seek advice from your Federation reps. We’re here to offer our help and support.”