Police - how to manage stress and anxiety

Explains how to manage stress and anxiety if you work in the police service, including information on panic attacks and where to go for support.

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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.

Mind Blue Light App


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.

Anxiety Care UK

07552 877219

Helps people to recover from anxiety disorders.

Big White Wall

Online community and forum overseen by trained advisers. Available free in many areas of the UK via the NHS, or by your employer. It is also free to all UK serving personnel, veterans, and their families.

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.

Stress Management Society

020 3142 8650
Information about stress and tips on how to cope.


Information about stress and techniques for coping. Lists several talking treatments and alternative therapies that can be used to treat stress.

The Complementary Medical Association (CMA)

Provides a register of professional complementary medicine practitioners and training courses.

The Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM)

020 7922 7980

Provides a register of practitioners of complementary medicine.

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

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