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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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New police welfare service is great news for over-stretched officers

New police welfare service is great news for over-stretched officers
Over-worked officers will benefit from a new £7.5m welfare fund after the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) lobbied the Government tireles...
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Police officers get extra leave to help 'wellbeing'

Police officers get extra leave to help 'wellbeing'
Police officers are to have extra days off as part of a "wellbeing" plan by Lincolnshire Police. The additional two days' paid leave will be used by o...
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Police Mental Health sickness up by 47%

Police Mental Health sickness up by 47%
Che Donald , the Federation’s lead on Police Officer Mental Health, said: 'There is a systematic failure of care to these officers'. The number of pol...
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Public sector employees 'more anxious'

Public sector employees 'more anxious'
  Public sector staff are more likely to feel anxious at work and take sick days for their mental health than those in the private sector, resear...
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