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
Asking for help: police
It can feel difficult to ask for help when you need it – especially when you spend much of your time helping others. But there are some steps you can take to build your confidence.
I’ve seen something traumatic in my police role
In the police, you’re more likely to experience something traumatic than the general population. While you might feel like you’re able to cope in the moment, it’s important to process these things properly.
Talking to someone who understands: police
Police roles are some of the hardest there are. It can be useful to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through – here are some options.
Looking out for your family or friend in the police force
When someone close to you is in a difficult or stressful field, like the police force can be, it’s natural to feel worried for them sometimes. Here are a few tips that can help, and some suggestions for where to look further.
Protecting your police team’s mental wellbeing
A few simple tips can go a long way to making you feel more confident talking about mental health and wellbeing with your colleagues.
Quick stress busters
Sometimes, everyone needs a little break to help them catch their breath and put their mental health first. Here are a few ideas.
Sleep, shift work, and your mental health
There’s a close relationship between sleep and mental health – but in the emergency services your sleep schedule can easily be disrupted.
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
Real life stories
“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.