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 World Mental Health Day: Supporting the police officers of County Durham and Darlington


​Our police officers support our communities day in, day out…but have you ever thought about who supports them? 

As today is World Mental Health Day, we wanted to highlight the work of two people who play a very important role behind the scenes here at Durham Constabulary.

Based at our headquarters at Aykley Heads, welfare officers Jim Taylor and Katie Oldfield are available to any police officer or member of staff who needs their help.

They are the friendly faces who can provide advice and support for anyone who is struggling and needs a helping hand or a listening ear, whether that’s in their personal or professional life.

They can also signpost people to external agencies, and organise confidential counselling for anyone who needs it.

Working alongside wellbeing coordinator, Margaret Toward, they play a vital role in ensuring officers and staff are well enough to provide the best possible service to the communities we serve.

For someone struggling with their mental health, a few small words can make a big difference – that’s why their door is always open and the kettle is always on.