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Absence due to Stress/Anxiety/Depression

Question

1. In the 2015 calendar year how many police officers (NOT civilian staff) were absent for the entire year through medical problems associated with stress, anxiety or depression. 

2. In 2015 (i) how many police officer duty working days and (ii) calendar days were missed because officers were absent through medical problems associated with stress, anxiety or depression. 

3. In 2015 how many officers attended any relaxation/stress management courses? What was the name of this course? How much did it cost your police force? Please provide me with any information that is provided to officers prior to attending the course as an explanation of what the course will consist of. 

Clarification received: 

Just the highlighted codes please. 

1102       Anxiety/Nervousness                                  

1103       Depression                                       

1108       Stress                                           

 

Answer

1. Our records show that 4 police officers were absent for the whole of 2015 calendar due to stress, anxiety or depression related sickness. 

2. Please find the information in the table below:  

Sickness Code

Calendar Days Lost

Working Days Lost

Anxiety

1782

1103

Depression

3971

2474

Stress

9315

5631.78

Grand Total

15068

9208.78

3. The constabulary did not run any relaxation or stress management courses in 2015. 

Please note, we are not able to identify a specific reason for stress levels as our systems do not record whether any stress-related sickness absence is due to personal or work-related stress. One of our priorities has been to encourage staff to be more open about stress, depression and mental health issues in order to offer greater support and this may have led to an increased willingness to record these issues as a factor in sickness absence.

On 1 July 2013 the constabulary introduced an Employee Assistance Programme for Officers and Staff.  This provides free phone access to counsellors 24 hours a day seven days a week.  It also provides free information and advice on a range of everyday matters relating to work, health and home.  Additionally, as part of this service, Officers and Staff have access to two websites including a wellbeing portal giving access to lifestyle and wellbeing information and advice.

On 5 November 2014 the constabulary launched the TRiM (Trauma Risk Management) programme.  This is a voluntary peer support.

FOI Reference: 564/16