Mental Health

Why TeamPolice?

TeamPolice is the fundraising body for police sport in the UK. It is a joint venture between Police Sport UK (PSUK) and EthosVO. TeamPolice raises much needed funds through an innovative commercial sponsorship scheme to help improve the wellbeing of everyone who is serving and has served in our UK police forces by enabling increased… Read more »

Mind survey reveals toll of pandemic on emergency responders’ mental health

Data from a survey of almost 4000 staff and volunteers across police, fire and ambulance services in the UK has laid bare the scale of poor mental health among emergency responders. The statistics come as Mind announces the relaunch of their Blue Light Programme of wellbeing support for the emergency services, which has been funded… Read more »

National Police Wellbeing Service extends Psychological Risk Assessment Programme

Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service (OK NPWS) has extended its Psychological Risk Assessment Programme, meaning it will be able to offer online psychological risk assessments to another 6000 police officers and staff across the country. Since the initial stage of the programme was launched in early 2020, OK NPWS has carried out assessments… Read more »

Webinar series discusses link between wellbeing and sport

PSUK and Team Police’s series of webinars aims to get the conversation going between policing leaders and other organisations who consider sporting activity as an essential element to wellbeing in the police. The first webinar, which took place on 13 October, featured inspirational input from James and Sam, founders of Surfwell, about what they are… Read more »

Met’s first wellbeing dog Dexter finds his vocation

Emergency Services Times travelled to New Scotland Yard recently to meet PC Mike Sheather and Dexter, the Metropolitan Police’s first wellbeing dog. Emergency Services Times (EST): What is your background as a police dog handler? Mike Sheather (MS): I have always had dogs in my life, and I knew I wanted to be a dog… Read more »

How London Fire Brigade grew its counselling service after Grenfell and Coronavirus

Words: Dr Anne Scoging, Head of Psychological Services, London Fire Brigade. In the three years since the Grenfell Tower fire, everyone at London Fire Brigade has come to understand our need as an organisation for high-quality, readily-accessible mental health support. Some 20 percent of brigade personnel that attended the fire have since received trauma-focused counselling… Read more »

Avon Fire and Rescue Service creates wellbeing spaces to support staff

Avon Fire and Rescue Service has opened five wellbeing spaces to support and improve staff mental health, providing spaces to unwind, reflect and relax. Following the unprecedented period of COVID-19, and the various traumatic incidents that firefighters attend throughout their careers, the service believes that these wellbeing spaces are key for mental health. To date,… Read more »

Oscar Kilo launches new self care campaign

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), Oscar Kilo has launched a new self care campaign. This year the theme for MHAW is kindness. The week will be used to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have seen so many… Read more »