New £3 million fund will support mental health and wellbeing
£3 million over three years; that's what we're pledging to help forces support those who suffer psychological harm as a result of their policing role.
We are announcing this new fund following the publication of the interim results from our Injury on Duty survey
, which is being carried out by a team from the University of Surrey. The responses of 8447 participants have been analysed and it was found that 82% had experienced either a physical or psychological injury within the last 5 years and 45% had taken a week or longer off work as a result.
Gill Scott Moore, CEO of the Police Dependants’ Trust, said
: “By far, the most common reported injuries were psychological – in particular anxiety and depression – so it is perhaps unsurprising that better access to mental health services was rated as a high priority by those who took part in the survey.
“The final report, which will include data from 59 in-depth interviews, will be published in the autumn but we were keen to respond immediately to the clear need that exists for better mental health support.”