Mental health issues for serving officers have become an increasing concern for the Police Federation and the service overall.
The Federation says resilience in the service is at an all-time low while officers are being put under inordinate amounts of pressure. This is clearly taking its toll on their health and wellbeing.
A survey by the Fed of 17,000 officers earlier this year revealed an alarming set of statistics with 39 per cent seeking help with mental health issues.
More than a quarter of officers who have taken sick leave attributed it to stress, depression or anxiety, while 65 per cent said they still went to work even though they felt uncomfortable doing so because of the state of their mental wellbeing.
Last week, under the banner of the BluePrint campaign, Police Oracle accused the government of failing to meet its obligation of protecting our officers both in the job and, particularly, when they have been forced out of the service because of physical injuries or mental trauma.