"Kent Police were the first emergency service to sign the Time to Change pledge in 2012, backed by a tangible action plan outlining the commitments it had made to challenge mental health stigma. The key motivation was a desire to make mental wellbeing more mainstream. Poor mental health can still too often be seen as a taboo subject, especially within the workplace.
One of the main instigators behind Kent Police signing up to the pledge was Inspector Wayne Goodwin who wanted to bring the subject of poor mental health into the open. As a member of the local disability support group, Wayne was concerned that there had always been more of a focus on providing help and support for physical disabilities and wished to address this imbalance. Wayne took the decision to speak up about his own mental health journey to help get people talking and set the “ripples in motion”.
The ambition was, and is, to ensure that the general wellbeing, both mental and physical of the workforce is always a priority.
Kent Police Service consists of a North, West and East Division who are working together to deliver a better overarching Health and Wellbeing strategy. A central aim of ours was to provide better peer support as well as improve overall support services for staff and volunteers."