Police friends and family - how to support someone's mental wellbeing

A guide for friends and family of police service personnel on how to support someone's mental wellbeing.

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Useful contacts

Mind Blue Light Infoline

0300 303 5999 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)
text: 84999
[email protected]


The Blue Light Infoline offers confidential, independent and practical support, advice and signposting around mental health and wellbeing. The Infoline is just for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families, to help keep you or those you care about well for work.

PFOA Welfare Support Programme

01354 669 749 (available 24/7 including weekends and Bank Holidays)


Telephone support line for all serving police officers who are involved in a post incident investigation and/or suspended from work, and their families. Run by the Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA) Welfare Services and the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).



Support and advocacy services for police officers and their families affected by psychological injury, stress and mental ill health.

This information was published in January 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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