10 September 2023
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day we spoke with Mark Andrews, National Board Health and Safety Lead, to understand better what Chief Constables must do to serve those officers that are under their care and help guarantee that when help is needed the right support structures and care is there.
As Mark points out, suicide within the police service exists at a far higher and alarming rate than in most other professions, something that demands our immediate attention.
Police officers dedicate their lives to serving and protecting their communities. The relentless pressures, exposure to trauma, and the demanding nature of their work can take a severe toll on their mental well-being.
The consequences of this not only affect officers themselves but also their families, colleagues, and the communities they serve. PFEW feels it is our duty to ensure they have the support and resources they need to thrive and overcome the challenges they face.
Statistics reveal that police officers face a higher suicide rate than the general population. The persistent stress they experience is often all consuming. Families and friends are left to grapple with the aftermath, often in silence and isolation.
Together, we can stop police suicides and create a safer, healthier future for those who safeguard all of us.
What Leaders and Bosses Must Do
To combat this crisis, our Chief Constables and leadership must take decisive action:
How We All Can Look After Police Officers
We can all make a difference by:
It is time to take decisive action to stop police suicides and provide the support desperately needed. Behind every uniform, there's a person who may need your help. Let us stand together to stop police suicides and provide a healthier future for those who safeguard us all.”