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Police Dependants' Trust News
Edition 6 - May 2016
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OneInFour wall at Conference


To mark the launch of our £3 million OneInFour Fund we asked delegates to add their experiences of mental health to our OneInFour wall at the Police Federation Conference in Bournemouth last week. 

We have pledged £3 million over three years to help forces support those who suffer psychological harm as a result of their policing role. The fund was announced in response to the interim results from our Injury on Duty survey and has been named the OneInFour Fund because, according to the Health Survey for England, that’s the number of adults who will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some stage during their lives.

During the Conference delegates were asked to share their (or their colleagues') experience of mental health, or to answer the question 'why MUST police mental health be a priority?'
The comments, left anonymously, were both moving and quite stark. The views of those who took part reinforced our feeling that officers - and in particular supervisors - are unsure where to turn for help and are nervous of 'doing the wrong thing'. Many delegates who told us they couldn't think of anything to write then went on to tell us quite harrowing stories of friends and colleagues dealing with intense and stressful situations. 

Encouragingly, many had noticed a move towards a more open culture which might reassure them to seek help and had ideas about how the OneInFour Fund could be applied in their force. Applications for funding will open in Autumn and more information will be available from www.pdtrust.org

The interim Injury on Duty survey results are available here and the full report is due out later this year.

Can you raise £50 to mark our 50th anniversary?


This Summer we celebrate our 50th anniversary and one of the ways you can get involved is by supporting our latest fundraising campaign.

The idea behind the fifty50 campaign is a simple one: during June you raise £50 to mark our 50th year, have tonnes of fun doing it, and are left with the warm glow that comes from helping those of your police colleagues and families who need it most.

Why not host a BBQ and charge your guests, hold a cake and coffee morning at work, rope the kids in to help and clean your neighbours cars? Visit the fifty50 area on our website for more inspiration and to get started. 


Get involved and help officers like Lewis


Lewis Pluck suffered devastating injuries on duty which not only ended his police career but turned his life upside down. The support we have given Lewis means his disabilities no longer prevent him from tucking his young daughter up in bed and reading her a story.

Read Lewis' story here and see the difference your £50 will help to make.

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INFO: About the help we offer


Find out more about the support available to injured officers and families of officers who have been killed on duty.
 

INFO: How to apply


Access our registration form and grant application form, along with our helpful guidance note which explain what we can fund.
 
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