Officers urged to consider their mental health and wellbeing

South Wales Police Federation chair Steve Treharne is encouraging members to use National Stress Awareness Month as a chance to think about their mental health and wellbeing.

The awareness month started on Saturday and aims to raise awareness of stress, open up conversations about its impact, and how people can take steps to reduce stress and protect their mental health.

Steve said: “We’ve been through three unprecedented years with the pandemic closely followed by the cost of living crisis. It’s bound to be an issue for some people, raising their anxiety and stress levels and impacting their mental health and wellbeing.

“That’s why we’re encouraging members to look out for themselves and each other, and National Stress Awareness Month gives us the ideal opportunity to think about our mental health.”

Police Mutual, which provides financial services and welfare support to the police service, has produced a factsheet providing a series of tips to help members manage their stress and worries including breathing exercises, keeping active and writing down your concerns. Other tips include trying mindfulness, talking to others and identifying your triggers.

There are also links to support services and information.

Steve added: “Your Police Federation is also here for any of our members who need our help and support.”

Download the factsheet.

Police Mutual has also produced an information guide for World Health Day on Friday (7 April).

Organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year’s theme is Health For All.

The factsheet focuses on physical health, mental health and financial health, as well as sleep, stress awareness and nutrition.

Steve said: “Making small changes can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing, and this guide can help with that.”

Read more about World Health Day.