Police - how to manage your mental wellbeing

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Useful contacts

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list of all the sources of support available for police service personnel. We encourage you to get in touch with our Infoline to get information about region-specific sources of support, or speak to your occupational health unit to see what's available in your force.

Mind Blue Light Infoline

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

mind.org.uk/bluelight

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.

Mind Blue Light App

nebluelight.org.uk/app.aspx

The free Blue Light North East Network App has a mood tracker plus information and advice on how to stay mentally well and look after your wellbeing.

Be Mindful

bemindful.co.uk

Information, and details of local mindfulness courses and therapists.

Bereavement Advice Centre

0800 634 9494
bereavementadvice.org

Support for people who have been bereaved.

Blue Lamp Foundation

0871 2345 999
bluelamp-foundation.org

Offers financial aid to emergency service workers who have been injured in the course of duty.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0161 705 4304
babcp.com

Lists accredited therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300
itsgoodtotalk.org.uk

For practitioners in your area.

Christian Police Association

cpauk.net

Encourages and supports Christians in the police service.

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (England); 0344 477 2020 (Wales)
citizensadvice.org.uk

Confidential advice on a range of issues.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

020 3178 2199
cnhc.org.uk

Register of complementary healthcare practitioners.

Cruse Bereavement Care 

0844 477 9400 (national helpline)
[email protected]
​cruse.org.uk

Bereavement charity offering online, telephone and face-to-face support.

Direct.gov.uk

direct.gov.uk/en/employment

Information about employment rights and services, and career advice.

Disabled Police Association

disabledpolice.info

Promotes equality of opportunity for disabled people working within the extended police family.

Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre

01491 874499
flinthouse.co.uk

Provides individually planned, intensive, rehabilitation services for sick and injured, serving and retired police officers.

Mood diaries

moodpanda.com
moodscope.com
medhelp.org/land/mood-tracker
mappiness.org.uk

Some examples to try. There are many more available.

National Association of the Chaplains to the Police

police-chaplains.org.uk/

Provides independent pastoral care to members of the police service and their families.

PFOA Welfare Support Programme

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

www.pfoa.co.uk/support/welfare-support-programme

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).

Police Treatment Centres

thepolicetreatmentcentres.org

[email protected]

Treatment centres where serving and retired police officers can receive rest, recuperation and treatment following an illness or injury.

SafeHORIZON UK

safehorizon.co.uk

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

Samaritans

Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
Chris, PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour helpline: 116 123
[email protected]
samaritans.org

Emotional support for anyone in distress.

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955
psychotherapy.org.uk

List of registered practitioners.


This information was published in May 2015. We will revise it in 2018.

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