An inspector for Nottinghamshire Police has opened up on his mental health struggles to show others they are not alone.
As part of Time to Talk Day on Thursday, February 6th Inspector Nolan is sharing his story of childhood trauma and how he received counselling through the force.
Inspector Craig Nolan believes everyone, including police officers, have their own struggles and recognises the importance of speaking out.
Inspector Nolan joined the police force for a personal reason and although he says this gave him empathy and the drive to help others, he found other people’s problems brought up difficult emotions of his own.
Inspector Nolan, 47, said:
Inspector Nolan is a larger than life character who says he is "always the loudest person in the room".
But while working on a case involving a young boy, Inspector Nolan's mental health took a turn and past memories began to bubble up.
Inspector Nolan says he understands why men in particular might find it more difficult to speak out when they are struggling.
There is support for police officers who have dealt with difficult incidents, but Inspector Nolan feels it is also important to create a caring workplace where people feel able to be open.
Time to Talk Day is held by the mental health charity Time to Change and aims to encourage conversations around mental health.