Police work can be highly demanding: whether you’re staff or a volunteer, student or veteran.

It’s important to protect your mental health as best you can – on a daily basis, not just after the dramatic moments. Those around you play a big part in this too: colleagues, leaders, friends and family.

Scroll down for some useful starting points and extra support in Scotland, or

Lifelines Scotland police

If you’re in Scotland

Please visit our friends at Lifelines Scotland for information and resources for the police community in Scotland.

Why your mental health is important


of police staff feel their mental health has deteriorated as a result of the pandemic


of police service personnel stated that they did not access support, as they did not think their issue was serious enough


of police staff said that their workload had increased due to the pandemic

Staff and volunteers working in the police were more negatively affected by media coverage during the pandemic

Data from Mind research in 2015 and 2021

Real life stories

Chief Inspector

“Until you experience working in the police force yourself, it can be very hard to really understand the impact of a job that deals with such emotional life events.”

The Blue Light Programme is a partnership between Mind and the emergency services community, including our charity partner Police Care UK.

Get help now

For free, confidential, emotional support:

Call 0300 303 4434 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, for trauma and bereavement support from Just B

Text BLUELIGHT to 85258

Or call 116 123 anywhere, any time, to talk to Samaritans