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Mental Health Related Police Officer Sickness in 2017/18

Question

I would like to know how many officers took sick leave for depression, anxiety, stress or post traumatic stress between the financial year April 2017 to April 2018. By this I mean where any of the terms 'depression', 'anxiety' or 'stress' or 'post traumatic stress' appear in the description of the officer's illness.

Please include a breakdown listing the specific illnesses, where possible.

We use the following codes when recording mental health related sickness: 

1101

Alcohol/drug dependency

1102

Anxiety/Nervousness                                    

1103

Depression                                         

1104

Eating disorders

1105

Insomnia  

1106

Phobias  

1107

Shock                                              

1108

Stress                                             

1109

Mental illness

Clarification received 26th April 2018:

Please include all those classifications.

Answer

We are committed to creating a working environment where the health and wellbeing of our officers and staff is a priority. We have a number of approaches for supporting health and wellbeing in place, including:

  • An internal peer support network specifically for the mental wellbeing of staff.
  • A free 24/7, 365 day a year employee assistance programme so officers and staff can access counselling and advice services direct.
  • An in-house Occupational Health service.
  • A peer led Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) Programme implemented to provide support and assistance to colleagues in the aftermath of a traumatic event.
  • A chaplaincy service providing confidential pastoral support.
  • 7 Point Promise in response to assault on officers ensuring that they receive the support they need.

Please see the requested information below: 

ASP Police Officer

Count of Description of Illness

Alcohol Drug Depend

1

Anxiety Nervousness

50

Depression

43

Eating Disorders

1

Insomnia

3

Mental Illness

7

Phobias

0

Stress

170

Total

275

FOI reference: 512/18.

Date of request: 11.04.18.