The Minister for Mental Health visited the Police Scotland Training and Recruitment Centre at Jackton in East Kilbride to find out more about DBI.

The visit by Clare Haughey MSP also coincided with the first anniversary of all four DBI pilot areas going live and making DBI referrals.

During the visit, the Minister met with programme leads as well frontline emergency service staff and third sector providers.

Inspector Julie Robertson, Police Scotland lead for DBI, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to allow her to hear more about the programme.

“From a Police Scotland perspective, since DBI was launched last year over 500 officers have now been trained in delivering DBI Level 1 intervention across four pilot areas.

“Over 1700 referrals have now been made to DBI Level 2 services, 22 per cent of which came from Police Scotland officers.

“These figures reflect only some of the demand on frontline services in just a few pilot areas.

“It’s encouraging that so many individuals have had the confidence to engage with the specially trained level 2 providers to manage their distress.”

Above left to right: Inspector Julie Robertson; Jill Fletcher, Scottish Ambulance Service; Minister for Mental Health Clafre Haughey MSP; Lorna Bruce, NHS Lanarkshire; and Kevin O’Neill, DBI national programme manager.