The health and wellbeing of all policing professionals is essential to the safe and effective operation of the police service. Understanding your own health and wellbeing and that of your colleagues is important and will help to ensure that you are operating at your best.
Your force may already provide support for officers and staff via occupational health or outside organisations so that you may access these services easily and anonymously, as required.
Knowing how to access the tools that will enable you to receive wellbeing support is essential. Not everyone will need support all of the time, but everyone should be conscious of their own wellbeing and how their job may affect this. There are many different ways that you can engage with others to contribute to ensuring that your workplace and colleagues promote health and wellbeing and offer support for those who may need it.
The following is an overview of some of the resources* that may help you.
Mental Health and the Police e-learning This e-learning comprises a number of short modules and is part of the wider Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Programme. It is designed for all police officers and staff and is accessible from the College MLE. Additionally, the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Programme includes further specialised classroom training for first response officers and those working in custody.
Health and wellbeing at Future Learn Choose from hundreds of free online courses or massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by UK universities and education establishments at Future Learn, with many focused on health and wellbeing, such as:Mindfulness for wellbeing and peak performance - Monash UniversityNutrition and wellbeing - University of AberdeenSupporting people living with long-term conditions - King's College London
Coaching Coaching is a development activity which takes place between a coach and client over a set period of time, with the aim of enabling the client to identify and follow set goals or objectives. Coaching can take commitment and personal challenge.
Through coaching, you can contribute to:
College of Policing members have access to an established pool of trained professional coaches who provide support to members on a chargeable basis. These are people from within and outside of the College with a variety of policing experience.
Find out more about becoming a member.
MentoringThe aim of the mentoring scheme is to support individual career development planning by providing you with the opportunity to gain access to a mentor.
If you are interested in this form of development, as a College of Policing member, you can access a list of mentors who are willing to engage in a mentoring relationship.
The College will provide support if required. Once it is up and running, however, the mentoring scheme is designed to be managed primarily by the mentor and member, so it takes personal commitment and time investment.
TED talks on wellbeing'TED' stands for technology, entertainment, design – three broad subject areas that collectively shape our world. A TED conference showcases ideas from any discipline and explores how they connect.
Ted.com holds a searchable database of talks from past conferences, with hundreds available on wellbeing.
ACAS ACAS provides support in the form of guidance on health, work and wellbeing, including the benefits of ensuring you're happy at work, as well as tools for managers to ensure that they're promoting health and wellbeing. Additionally, ACAS provides guidance for employers and managers when supporting a member of staff who is experiencing grief or bereavement.
Mind The charity, Mind, has developed the Mind Blue Light Programme to provide mental health support services and resources specifically to people who work and volunteer in the police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services across England.
The following resources are available from Mind:
The SamaritansThe Samaritans Workplace Training provides various tools and techniques to equip employees with the skills and confidence they need to handle emotional situations.
Police Mutual Police Mutual Foundation Wellbeing Zone is a website with advice and guidance on a wide range of health and wellbeing issues. Get the latest news and advice according to your goals and interests. This site includes free online assessment to discover your wellbeing score, see which areas of your wellbeing need some work and help you focus on your goals. You can set your wellbeing goals for a wide range of lifestyle issues and win digital badges and status updates as you achieve your milestones. Pick up personalised fitness and activity programmes and use the logbook to keep track of all your wellbeing progress.
Police Mutual also offers its own Money Coaching service for those experiencing money worries, helping them take ownership of worries and concerns that might be affecting their wellbeing.
Police Mutual also offers a discounted healthcare programme, which includes access to health provisions.
AXA Employee Assistance Programmes AXA Employee Assistance Programmes are available to those working at the College of Policing and a number of forces, free of charge, and allow employees to receive confidential medical help, where required.
Minority group support and guidanceThe characteristics that are protected under the Equality Act 2010 are:
If you believe that you are being discriminated against because of one or more of the above characteristics, this is more than likely to be unlawful discrimination, which will have an impact on your personal resilience and wellbeing.
For officers and staff from minority groups and protected classes, knowing where to go to seek support and guidance is important to help ensure wellbeing in the workplace. In addition, learning how to get involved in various campaigns and programmes run by certain organisations might make a difference and enable essential change for officers and staff from minority groups. This helps you gain important life skills for your CPD.
Included below are some organisations offering support for protected characteristics. Many forces have their own organisations that represent officers and staff from minority groups.
Sex British Association for Women in Policing
RaceNational Black Police AssociationSexual orientation Mind LGBTQ Mental HealthStonewallDisability Disabled Police Association ScopeMencap
Force wellbeing resourcesMany forces have a variety of wellbeing resources available. It is worth checking with your home force for information in this regard.
Fitness testing supportThe College has issued guidance on how police forces in England and Wales should carry out officer fitness tests. This guidance can be found on the College website.
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