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80% of police officers suffer from depression or anxiety

80% of police officers suffer from depression or anxiety
Reductions in staff numbers are having 'significant impacts upon the public' as fewer officers share larger a work load Eight of out 10 police officer...
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Support programme is helping hundreds of vulnerable officers

Support programme is helping hundreds of vulnerable officers
Charity and staff association jointly fund scheme A support service for vulnerable officers is dealing with 261 active cases across England, Wales and...
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PSNI 'will learn' from death of a Police Inspector who shot himself 

PSNI 'will learn' from death of a Police Inspector who shot himself 
An inquest into the death of a police inspector who shot himself in a police station has heard the PSNI "will learn lessons" from the case. Insp Peter...
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Officer let down during PTSD battle

Officer let down during PTSD battle
PC pens open and honest letter about experiences of struggling to be referred for crucial therapy. “A tragic fatal, a few hangings, countless sudden d...
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Responding to Trauma in Policing – New College Guidance

Responding to Trauma in Policing – New College Guidance
Brand new guidance ‘Responding to Trauma in Policing’ has been published by the College of Policing . Prompted by a series of Trauma CPD events in Lan...
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Case study: Avon & Somerset - diagnosed with PTSD

Case study: Avon & Somerset - diagnosed with PTSD
Years of being punched, kicked, battered, and spat upon, forced PC Simon Mudge to leave Avon & Somerset Police and the job he “loved”. After two y...
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No police force is immune from welfare results

The workshops, organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) follow extensive research into the links between demand, capacity and of...
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It's Time to Talk Day 2018

It's Time to Talk Day 2018
Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more op...
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The Thin Blue Line – mental health in the police

The Thin Blue Line – mental health in the police
The traditional image of the British police officer is somewhere between Dixon of Dock Green and the Sweeney – strong, steadfast and unstoppable. But ...
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Discussion on welfare support ‘long overdue’

Discussion on welfare support ‘long overdue’
The policing and fire minister is set to chair a roundtable on police wellbeing, which will include a number of experts and senior officers. Chaired b...
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A Happy New Year for Claire as she’s awarded an MBE

A Happy New Year for Claire as she’s awarded an MBE
Congratulations to Claire Batt, Welfare Officer for the Defence Police Federation , who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours. Claire has ...
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The mental health cloud hanging over Welsh police

The mental health cloud hanging over Welsh police
An officer who has had a breakdown during his 23 years on the force reveals what it's like facing trauma Mental health is becoming less of a taboo sub...
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Demand for welfare programme rising as officers struggle to cope

Demand for welfare programme rising as officers struggle to cope
The number of police officers who are struggling to cope with the challenges they face in the course of their duties is growing, according to the late...
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I hope I saved his life but if he'd jumped I don't know if I could have lived with myself

I hope I saved his life but if he'd jumped I don't know if I could have lived with myself
In this emotional interview a retired policeman describes through tears how he saved the life of a 19-year-old on a Saturday night Walter Williams had...
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One in four police officers who died in Devon and Cornwall since 2009 took their own lives

One in four police officers who died in Devon and Cornwall since 2009 took their own lives
Calls grow for better safeguards to 'protect the protectors' including better mental health provision and greater punishments for those who assault em...
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increased workloads harms mental resilience

increased workloads harms mental resilience
Equality Liaison Officers (ELOs) have been given a lesson in maintaining morale and mental resilience from a former British Army officer. Lt Col Richa...
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Mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year

Mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year
Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says. It also claims poor mental health costs ...
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The Duke of Cambridge gives a speech at the National Mental Health & Policing Conference

The Duke of Cambridge gives a speech at the National Mental Health & Policing Conference
  His Royal Highness - The Duke of Cambridge gave a speech this morning at the National Mental Health and Policing Conference. Thank you, Chief C...
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Police feel undervalued and underpaid, poll suggests

Police feel undervalued and underpaid, poll suggests
Morale is low among three in every five police officers, a survey by the body representing rank-and-file officers in England and Wales suggests. The P...
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Taking the lead: Maintaining morale and mental resilience

Taking the lead: Maintaining morale and mental resilience
Lt Col (Retd) Richard Dorney served in the British Army for more than 38 years. He established the Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) system in the Army an...
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