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'And breathe' police try mindfulness to beat burnout

'And breathe' police try mindfulness to beat burnout
College of Policing to fund trial for more than 1,500 officers to combat stress-related sick leave On Thursday afternoon, a dozen novice police office...
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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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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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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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Horrific moment police officer screams in terror as thug tears chunks out of her hair

Horrific moment police officer screams in terror as thug tears chunks out of her hair
One of the country’s top cops is personally taking steps to highlight the impact of officers or police staff being assaulted or abused on our streets....
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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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Police officers talk about their battle against PTSD

Police officers talk about their battle against PTSD
More than half of all police forces in England and Wales have told the BBC the number of officers having to take long-term sick leave because of menta...
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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 father of PC Nicola Hughes on the moment he found out she had been killed five years ago today

The father of PC Nicola Hughes on the moment he found out she had been killed five years ago today
All the Staff and membership of the PFOA thoughts are with the family and colleagues of Pc Nicola Hughes and Pc Fiona Bone who were murdered five year...
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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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Blood test for PTSD as scientists find genetic changes in traumatised soldiers

Blood test for PTSD as scientists find genetic changes in traumatised soldiers
  Post traumatic stress disorder could soon be diagnosed with simple blood test after scientists found crucial genetic changes in soldiers suffer...
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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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Oxford police officer goes public about his struggle with depression

Oxford police officer goes public about his struggle with depression
  An Oxford police officer has opened up for the first time about his struggles with depression, as he reveals the huge pressures on those tasked...
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60 trauma counsellors brought in for firefighters following Grenfell fire

60 trauma counsellors brought in for firefighters following Grenfell fire
An extra 60 counsellors were drafted in by the London Fire Brigade to help firefighters traumatised by the Grenfell Tower fire , the Victoria Derbyshi...
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police officers taking sick days for poor mental health doubles in six years

police officers taking sick days for poor mental health doubles in six years
The number of police officers taking sick leave because of mental health problems has nearly doubled in just six years. The London’s Met saw a drastic...
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