Police Officer Mental Health Sickness
Date of request: April 11, 2019
Posted in: Our staff
The number of police officers that have been absent for mental health reasons (for example, but not limited to, reasons including anxiety, depression, insomnia and post-traumatic stress) in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019 to date.
The number of working days lost for mental health reasons (for example, but not limited to, reasons including anxiety, depression, insomnia and post-traumatic stress) in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019 to date.
Clarification received 11th April 2019:
You clarified that you wanted results for the below sickness types:
- Alcohol/drug dependency
- Eating disorders
- Mental illness
Avon and Somerset Police 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 find the requested information attached.