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Fed Reps to receive mental health training

21 July, 2022

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Police Federation
July 21, 2022

Fed Reps to receive mental health training

Federation reps from across the force area will receive mental health awareness training this summer. Plans to roll-out the training last year were hampered by the ongoing impact of Covid-19 but will go ahead as planned from next month.

The training will be delivered by Rachel Luby, a Senior Nurse with the East London NHS Foundation Trust. Rachel was the 2019 Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Nurse of the Year and is currently seconded to Network Rail where she works on suicide prevention.

Reps will learn about a range of mental health issues and how they impact people differently. There will be inputs on the causes and consequences of suicide, how to recognise trauma responses and how best to support people experiencing mental health concerns.

The training has been organised by D-Division Rep, John Paul O'Kane. He said: "In this current climate, this subject is particularly poignant and I think this training will be vitally useful to us, as reps, when supporting some of our members."

University of Cambridge's study, The Job and The Life, funded by Police Care UK, shows that nearly 20% of frontline personnel in the UK are currently suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder or complex-post-traumatic stress disorder, and more are re-experiencing traumatic incidents or suffering from fatigue and anxiety as a result of their job.

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