Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s revealing the findings of a consultation into experiences of people with mental health concerns today.
Stephen Mold wants to get a greater understanding of those who come into contact with police in the county.
The consultation, believed to be the first of its kind ever held in the county, involved more than 1,200 people who have either mental illness, autism or ADHD, as well as more than 260 professionals working in health, policing, criminal justice and the voluntary sector.
People with a mental health concern are much more likely to come into contact with the police, either as victims or offenders. It is estimated that at least 20% of all incidents dealt with by Northamptonshire Police each year are related in some way to mental health, although the real figure may be much higher.