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Police Officers with PTSD are being taught surfing

Police Officers with PTSD are being taught surfing
The Devon and Cornwall Police-led project is first of its kind in the world which is designed to help police officers, firefighters and paramedics who...
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Police officer called to Christmas Eve murder left with PTSD

Police officer called to Christmas Eve murder left with PTSD
Following a tribunal hearing, a judge criticised the force for how it dealt with an officer who was absent from work due to serious mental ill health ...
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We can’t remove stress in policing, but we can talk about it more

We can’t remove stress in policing, but we can talk about it more
Experts say some stress in your life can be a good thing, but we have to be aware when stress spirals and tips into being something more serious and m...
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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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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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'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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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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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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'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 Lanc...
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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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