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Virtual mindfulness sessions offered to Cheshire Police officers and staff

Cash taken from criminals is being used to help support the mental health of police officers and staff in Cheshire.

They are being offered virtual mindfulness sessions which will be delivered virtually over a 10 week period.

They are being funded by the county's police and crime commissioner David Keane's Safer Communities Fund, which takes money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act .

The start of the sessions coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week.

They aim to help participants use it to learn to relax, deal with physical and emotional pain, sleep well and make better decisions from a more relaxed mental state.

Mr Keane said: “It is vitally important that our officers and staff have access to appropriate support to manage their mental and physical health, especially at such a challenging time when everyone’s lives have been affected by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

“This is on top of the existing pressures being placed on officers and staff from witnessing excessive trauma to working long hours on a regular basis - sometimes the demands of the job can be too much and it’s our job to ensure they have the right support in place.

“These sessions will help give our workforce some head space and the ability to use some of the techniques that mindfulness teaches to develop coping mechanisms to deal with day-to-day challenges.”

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