Changing attitudes towards physical and mental health with new webinar

The national chief medical officer for policing will be among the speakers at the Police Federation of England and Wales’s (PFEW) first men’s health webinar.

John Harrison will be talking about his role and how he can influence attitudes towards men’s health following his appointment earlier this year.

The online seminar takes place on 16 November, from 10am to 12.30pm on Teams and will focus on addiction and its impact on physical and mental health. All members are being encouraged to register.

South Wales Police Federation vice chair Phil Walker said: “With the arrival of the month of November comes Movember and a focus on promoting men’s physical and mental health.

“This webinar is a chance to look at some of the issues affecting men and how we can all help to change attitudes towards our health and wellbeing.

“It’s open to everyone and I’d encourage members to attend.”

The webinar will be opened by the PFEW’s Welsh co-lead Zac Mader.

Empowering men

Speakers include Chief Inspector Stewart Codling, of Thames Valley Police, who will focus on mental health and promoting a safe space where men can open up.

Nick Conn, chief executive of Help4Addiction, will talk about his experience of being a serving police officer with an addiction and his journey.

PFEW national board member Belinda Goodwin will talk about changing attitudes and how important language and behaviour has a part to play. She will also talk about the role that female colleagues have in men feeling empowered to open up.

The webinar will also hear from Oswin Croft, from Movember, who will discuss why men's health is important all year round.

Members will be able to ask questions during the sessions, and the Q&As will be hosted Mark Jones, North Wales Police Federation secretary, and Matt Slade, Essex Police Federation equality lead.

Click here to register.

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