Police - supporting a colleague with a mental health problem

A guide for staff and volunteers in the police service on how to support a colleague experiencing a mental health problem.

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Useful contacts

Mind Blue Light Infoline

0300 303 5999 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)
text: 84999


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.

NHS 111

Call: 111

Advice in England when you need medical help fast but it's not an emergency.

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).


Chris PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour helpline (free-to-call): 116 123

24-hour emotional support for anyone struggling to cope.

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

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