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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 polic...
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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 arrest...
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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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Number Of MOD Police Taking Time Off Over Mental Health Rises

Number Of MOD Police Taking Time Off Over Mental Health Rises
Officers in the MDP are paid 95% of the salary of those in other forces and have to retire seven years later. The number of Ministry of Defence Police...
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The force refuses to acknowledge the issue instead removing people who raise the issue. The DPF are woefully undertrained and dont... Read More
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 02:33
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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 rece...
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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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Detective opens up about trauma of the job after PTSD diagnosis

Detective opens up about trauma of the job after PTSD diagnosis
A former child abuse detective has lifted the lid on the trauma of delving into “harrowing” online images on a daily basis after it led him to develop...
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A RETIRED SERGEANT LIFTS THE LID ON HIS 24 YEARS OF SERVICE

A RETIRED SERGEANT LIFTS THE LID ON HIS 24 YEARS OF SERVICE
I retired from West Midlands Police in December 2018 after 24 years’ service and I couldn’t be happier about it. The only downside was that it was due...
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Force needs to take 'stick' rather than 'carrot' approach to sickness

Force needs to take 'stick' rather than 'carrot' approach to sickness
'I'm ex-military and people need a bit more backbone'. A scrutiny panel report is urging a constabulary to develop more of a “hardline” take on sick l...
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. Pathetic and sad, stereotypical, bullying and coercive "military" mindless discourse. Blame the victims. Straight out of Charl... Read More
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Well i was not expecting this kind of article in this day and age. The solution is very clear, having worked with a major Police f... Read More
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'It's OK not to be OK': Partner's simple message after suicide of North Yorkshire PC

'It's OK not to be OK': Partner's simple message after suicide of North Yorkshire PC
The partner of a police officer who took his own life is urging others to speak out about mental health problems, saying: "He was the last person anyo...
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cuts see thousands of police officers signed off with mental health issues

cuts see thousands of police officers signed off with mental health issues
More than 9,000 officers have been given leave in the past three years – and experts say things will get worse due to soaring work demands Brutal cuts...
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PC 'blighted by unexpected deaths' died after falling from Viaduct

PC 'blighted by unexpected deaths' died after falling from Viaduct
A POLICE officer struggled with stresses at work and a number of family deaths before he died, an inquest has heard. Richard Hooley served as a family...
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More needs to be done sooner' for police welfare

More needs to be done sooner' for police welfare
Police wellbeing is the focus of a new 'goal' being launched today by the Home Office in conjunction with partners in policing and mental health. The&...
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Last year I was diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety and signed off for six months. The Defence Police Federation quickly bec... Read More
Wednesday, 04 July 2018 18:36
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Officer and staff welfare focus in HMICFRS ‘State of Policing’ report

Officer and staff welfare focus in HMICFRS ‘State of Policing’ report
Sir Thomas Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabularies , has today (12th June 2018) released his annual assessment of policing in the UK. ...
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