Right now, one in six of us is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress, according to research by the mental health charity, Mind. Mental wellbeing is every bit as important as physical wellbeing and it’s necessary to maintain both in order to stay fit, healthy and able to cope with day-to-day life. And because of the demands of the job, it’s especially important for members of the Police Service to look after their mental wellbeing.
Mind’s independent research, shows that a quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are more likely to experience a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to seek support and even less likely to take time off work as a result¹.
Sometimes it can be hard to talk about mental health but not doing so can come at a large personal cost, impacting not only physical health but relationships too. Here are just some of the ways Police Mutual tries to help the Police Service, with funding from the Police Mutual Foundation: