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Mental Health Incidents (235A/21)


The College of Policing and NPCC define a mental health incident as:

“Any police incident thought to relate to someone’s mental health where their vulnerability is at the centre of the incident or where the police have had to do something additionally or differently because of it.”

I would like to know how many mental health incidents you recorded:

  • Between 6 January 2020 and 5 February 2020
  • Between 6 January 2021 and 5 February 2021


Count of incidents containing a mental health qualifier:

06 January 2020 to 05 February 2020 = 1,401

06 January 2021 to 05 February 2021 = 984

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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