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Stress Related Sickness Leave for Officers in 2018/19

Date of request: April 10, 2019
Posted in: Our staff
Reference: 527/19

Request

How many officers took sick leave for depression, anxiety, stress or post-traumatic stress between April 2018 and March 2019. 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.

Clarification received 16th April 2019:

Please, could you include information for codes 1102 Anxiety/Nervousness, 1103 Depression, 1108 Stress and 1109 Mental Illness in your response?

Response

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 below. Please note if an officer had sickness spells for more than one of the reasons included then they could be counted more than once. Officers on miscellaneous secondment are not included.

Sickness Reason Number of Officers with 1 or more days sickness
1102Anxiety/Nervousness 28
1103Depression 28
1108 Stress 133
1109 Mental illness 4
Total 193
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