Although the NHS is the largest provider of health care in the UK, there are other options for getting support to help you cope with a mental health problem.
Find out if your force has any specialist support services, for example:
- Employee Assistance Support helpline
- peer support
Each force is different so it’s best to find out what is available to you by speaking with your occupational health unit.
Specialist police organisations
There are organisations that specialise in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of police service staff and volunteers. For example:
Contact our Blue Light Infoline to find out about other organisations that can help you.
Voluntary, community and charity sector organisations
- local Minds
- counselling centres
- community or charity organisations
These kinds of services are normally free or low cost, and can offer a range of support, such as:
However, they are not likely to:
- provide medical services, like psychiatry
- prescribe medication
How do I find these kind of services?
- Mind's Blue Light Infoline can give you details of mental health help and support in your area.
- Your occupational health unit might have information about services.
- Your GP or health care provider might also be able to give you details of more local organisations.
You can often self-refer to these services, and you may also be referred by your GP.
This information was published in September 2015. We will revise it in 2018.