‘Purpose’ is a brand-new short film and mental health awareness package developed by the National Police Wellbeing Service.
The package is being offered to police forces across the country as a way to create awareness, spark debate and self-reflection.
It’s a short but powerful film based on the real-life experiences of working police officers and has been developed by a team of people who are all experienced in policing.
Interviews were carried out with a range of officers, psychologists and experts to establish a broad view of the challenges faced by officers and staff. The themes are also reflective of the issues identified through our national police wellbeing surveys.
It also touches on some of the themes of the Police Covenant including the importance of peer support and the impact of the job on the families of officers and staff too.
It is entitled ‘Purpose’ because there’s a reason why most people join the police. Policing can be very much linked to our experiences, and what we’re searching for in our careers is often about wanting to be connected to something that’s important and full of purpose.
The story follows a new recruit ‘Alfie’ as he begins his career as an officer. The focus starts on his background and childhood, before picking up on key themes such as fatigue, trauma exposure, bureaucracy, and the importance of line management. It also brings in other day-to-day challenges that aren’t necessarily connected to work but can also take their toll.
Watch the trailer
How to access the resource
This resource is intended to act as a platform to encourage officers and staff not only to be more self-aware, but also encourage thinking and discussion on how systems and processes could work better to support officers and staff and provide an opportunity for signposting and support.
The package should be used in a setting where open conversation can take place, whether this be in person or as part of a virtual session. These sessions should be facilitated by an experienced wellbeing lead, or peer supporter who can actively signpost people to sources of support if needed or into the resources available via Oscar Kilo.
The full film and package, if you wish to use it in your force, can be requested using the contact form on the website.
When you request the film, you will also be issued with some further information about using the package and some communications messaging and images to help you promote your sessions locally.
Any enquires about the package can be directed to the team using the contact form.