Trainee doctors in Sheffield were given a different perspective on knife crime last night (8 May) as Detective Superintendent Una Jennings joined a discussion about violence and mental health.
Around 100 students attended the Engage Your Mind debate at The University of Sheffield’s Medical School, which had been organised to look at how violent crime affects young people.
There was a particular focus on childhood trauma and how violence can have an impact on mental health.
Det Supt Jennings, Force Lead for Knife Crime, was invited to discuss the scale of youth violence, knife crime in Sheffield and about the role of the police in dealing with families who have been affected by such criminality.
Other speakers included the Founder of StreetSafe4all, James Swallow-Gaunt and Dr Anna Lund who is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Derbyshire.
Det Supt Jennings said it was important to engage with different audiences about violent crime: “Talking to trainee doctors in this way was a fantastic opportunity. As they progress in their careers, these people will be on the frontline, dealing with the fallout from violent incidents on streets up and down the country.
“If we, as police officers, can provide any extra insight that these students might be able to draw on further down the line, then that is surely beneficial.”
Adult and Perinatal Psychiatrist Dr Madeleine Bonney-Helliwell who organised the event said: “The purpose of Engage Your Mind is primarily to encourage our trainee doctors to consider a career in psychiatry or mental health services.
“We felt it was important to get South Yorkshire Police involved in this debate to provide our students with an alternative viewpoint on the impact of knife and violent crime on individuals and their families.”
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