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Prince William thanks officers for their tireless work during the coronavirus crisis

Prince William thanks officers for their tireless work during the coronavirus crisis
  The Duke of Cambridge has thanked police officers for their “remarkable” work during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter sent to the Police Fede...
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Praise for 'irreplaceable' Welfare Support Programme

Praise for 'irreplaceable' Welfare Support Programme
The Police Federation's 24-7 support line which exists to support officers' mental health has been praised as “incredible and irreplaceable” by a Fed ...
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Hear 'Man Up', Think 'Man Down'

Hear 'Man Up', Think 'Man Down'
Between 2015 and 2017 more than 20 police officers took their own life each year. That’s almost two a month. Something needs to change.  Research...
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Former police officer, 54, took his own life after falling into depression during lockdown

Former police officer, 54, took his own life after falling into depression during lockdown
  A FORMER cop took his own life after he fell into a deep depression during coronavirus lockdown, his heartbroken family has revealed. “Warm-hea...
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Helpline provides support for police officers during coronavirus crisis

Helpline provides support for police officers during coronavirus crisis
  A 24-7 helpline for police is continuing to provide support, advice and a sympathetic ear as officers respond to the coronavirus crisis. The Po...
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Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll on peo...
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Welfare Support Programme

Welfare Support Programme
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is kicking off 2020 with a renewed commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of our members. The...
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Police Covenant must not fail in addressing mental health

Police Covenant must not fail in addressing mental health
Shocking figures show thousands of personnel struggle to cope with mounting pressures caused by years of budget cuts that saw 20,000 colleagues slashe...
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A Crappy Xmas – When it’s Bluer than my language

A Crappy Xmas – When it’s Bluer than my language
Now that I have your attention, I want to talk about that time of year again, when most people get to take a bit of a break to be spent with family an...
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THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH

THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH
On World Mental Health Day National Vice-Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) Ché Donald explains why supporting Mental Health i...
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Army widow diagnosed with PTSD after husband killed himself from same illness

Army widow diagnosed with PTSD after husband killed himself from same illness
The mum of Army veteran husband took his own life amid his post-traumatic stress disorder battle - now she has it too The widow of an Army veteran wit...
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Suicidal frontline police who are too busy to ask for expert help

Suicidal frontline police who are too busy to ask for expert help
SUICIDAL police officers are going out on emergency jobs because they are too busy to ask for help. A number of officers surveyed during their shifts ...
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Top Suffolk police officer blames increase in sick days for mental health issues on officer cuts

Top Suffolk police officer blames increase in sick days for mental health issues on officer cuts
Suffolk's deputy police chief constable, Rachel Kearton, has spoken of her concerns after it was revealed that the number of sick days taken by police...
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Government to ban police from issuing firearms licences without GP input

Government to ban police from issuing firearms licences without GP input
  The police will be unable to issue firearms licences until they have received medical information about an applicant from their GP, under refor...
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Ipswich cop quits force due to mental health

Ipswich cop quits force due to mental health
A former police sergeant, dubbed Robocop for his arrest record, has left the force due to mental health issues. Ali Livingstone had made 5,000 arrests...
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Thug who broke a police firearms officer's ankle walks free from court

Thug who broke a police firearms officer's ankle walks free from court
Sgt Andrew Prestedge was trying to help Melvin Scott's partner when he was met with aggression and suffered a horrendous injury to his ankle in Hought...
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'Five Years Ago, The MPS Suspended Me From Service and Withdrew My Resignation’

'Five Years Ago, The MPS Suspended Me From Service and Withdrew My Resignation’
Blog is written by former Met Police Officer, Andrew Birks, who is now an ordained Priest. Father Birks is one of the five Met Officers who were recen...
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West Midlands Police face battle on mental health

West Midlands Police face battle on mental health
West Midlands Police force has lost a combined 114 years of work due to officers suffering from mental health issues in one year, new figures have rev...
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PTSD 'at crisis levels' among police officers

PTSD 'at crisis levels' among police officers
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst police officers in the UK is far more common than was ever thought, a new survey suggests. One PC descri...
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Jump in antidepressant prescriptions in England

Jump in antidepressant prescriptions in England
A total of 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in England in 2018. NHS Digital figures show that the number of drugs issued ...
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