Talking to someone who understands: police

Your role is one of the hardest there is. You don’t know what you might face when you get called out, what you or a colleague might hear when you pick up the phone, or what will be being discussed when you turn up for your shift. You might find some incidents, ideas or thoughts stay with you for a long time.

Talking to friends and family can be very helpful. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to get others to imagine what you’ve been through. And while your colleagues might understand, now and then it can feel easier to talk about feelings with people you don’t know.

“We know police officers are five times more likely to suffer from PTSD and yet especially in some of the most demanding roles there is still a stigma about talking about mental health.”

Angela Gentry Chief Inspector, London Metropolitan Police

If you want to talk to someone who understands what it is like in the police force, you can call Police Care UK on 0300 012 0030. Their phone line is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, and they’ll be able to talk you through support and signpost you to further options.

Call4Backup are a band of colleagues, who provide support to those working in  police forces throughout the UK. Access contact info and details on the types of support available.

If you prefer the idea of talking by text, you could also contact Shout. They provide a dedicated support service just for emergency service workers, which you can access by texting BLUELIGHT to 85258 any time.

Police Care UK

Police Care UK is the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers and their families who have suffered any physical or psychological harm as a result of policing. They offer practical, emotional and financial support. You can call them on 0300 012 0030.

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