Mental Health Community Policing Initiative

Mental Health Community Policing Initative

In 2011 ACT Policing, together with ACT Mental Health launched the Mental Health Community Policing Initiative (MHCPI) with a focus on police and mental health professionals working together to achieve better outcomes for mental health consumers.

The initiative includes a three day training program for frontline police officers to understand the issues surrounding mental health, particularly how to recognise, relate and respond to incidents involving mental health consumers.

Mental Health clinicians are now embedded into ACT Policing’s Operations Centre seven days a week and provide professional advice and consultation to police officers to support their decision-making in response to mental health incidents.

In 2012 the MHCPI was adopted into the National Mental Health Commission’s National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, A Contributing Life, as evidence of a best practice model.

The initiative was acknowledged for its achievements in inter-agency cooperation and favourable outcomes for mental health consumers.

Need support?

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, police assistance may be required but it is preferable that health professionals are involved in the process.

Mental Health Triage service is available 24-hours-a-day on 1800 629 354 or (02) 6205 1065 and can assist by providing information, advice and support as well as direct access to mental health services where required.

In the event of a life threatening mental health emergency, you should call police on Triple Zero (000).

Need to talk?

If you are experiencing a personal crisis the following help lines are available 24/7.