Today, the first Law Enforcement Mental Health Wellness Seminar began with a discussion about different topics aimed at addressing the mental health challenges law enforcement officers face.
As the charge d’affaires gave her remarks today, Noriko Horiuchi emphasized the US’ commitment to Samoa and SPPCS.
“This seminar represents our commitment to the wellbeing of SPPCS officers”, says Horiuchi.
Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, the Commissioner of Samoa Police, Prisons and Corrections Services, officially opened the seminar earlier today. According to him, this seminar is significant in a number of ways.
A major objective of this intervention is to address mental health at an organisational level by improving working conditions and policies, and this seminar will equip our members with the skills and resources they need to cope with work-related problems and personal issues,” said the Commissioner.
Superintendent Aldora Mamaia looks forward to learning what the best practices are in mental health awareness at this forum.
“I hope to gain knowledge about mental health awareness and how our officers can take care of themselves before they take care of others, as our effectiveness and productivity are heavily dependent on how we are each day,” says Aldora.
Furthermore, she emphasized the importance of being mentally sound before doing anything else because if we are mentally present and mentally fit, everything will work out.
Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services acknowledges the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) for their assistance.
This seminar will run for four days.