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A survey found that almost 8 in 10 (79 per cent) of officers say they have felt feelings of stress and anxiety within the previous 12 months and of those, 94 per cent said these difficulties were caused or made worse by their job.

Responding to this survey, Ken Sanderson, Chief Officer at SECE Mind said:

"We often expect those involved in our Blue light services like police, fire, search and rescue and ambulance to have had in depth training to enable them to cope with the stressful situations they might find themselves in almost every day but this isn’t the case. The fast paced lives our officers lead with its unique pressures and exposure to difficult and maybe even life threatening situations puts many officers at a greater risk of poor mental health. We see officers past and present suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other ailments we believe support should be available to all our hard working 999 service people by giving managers training so they are better equipped to identify and offer support to those who might be struggling with their mental health. We need to reach those 99 staff much earlier and offer them help and support long before crisis point is reached."

If you would like to turn more about how we can address mental health in the bluelight services please contact our Services Manager on 01702 601123.

South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2LX

Charity registration number 1148451