Sick Days for Stressed Out North Wales Police Nearly Double

Sick Days for Stressed Out North Wales Police Nearly Double

The amount of sick days police officers take who are suffering anxiety stress at work and depression have nearly doubled in two years.
Data from a Free of Information Act request showed that working days lost in North Wales Police has risen nearly 100% from 2010/11 and 2012/13.
The majority of the sick days taken were over one year during that time the figure jumped from 1784 days in 2010/11 to 3383 days in 2011/12.
The figures then rose by 92.2% in 2012/13 where it climbed to 3429 days leave.
Over the entire country the number of leave days police officers take for mental health reasons has significantly increased to past a quarter of a million days in England and Wales.
Over 2012/13 officers took 250744 days leaves to recuperate after mental illness which is also a growth of 14.3% in two years.
Cleveland police force had the largest increase in officers taking sick leave with a massive 266.7% increase from 2010/11 and 2012/13.
Richard Eccles secretary of the Police Federation in North Wales told The Daily Post : “While the figures show a worrying upward trend I am unable to point to a specific cause in respect of officers in North Wales.
“It is true to say that budget cuts and the unprecedented attacks upon officers’ pay and working conditions will add to the day-to-day stress of being a police officer.
“We work very closely with the force HR (Human Resources) and medical professionals to try and ensure that any officers absent from work are supported back into their role as quickly as possible.
Janet Pardue-Wood acting director of mental health charity Mind Cymru labelled the increase as “concerning”.
She told the Daily Post: “We know police officers have a demanding role. It’s vital that measures are in place to support them through difficult times particularly when staffing levels are being reduced and individuals may feel under more pressure as a result.
“Most jobs have an element of pressure but when this stress is persistent it can negatively impact both physical and mental health and lead to long bouts of sickness absence.
“That’s why it’s in the interests of all employers to invest in the mental wellbeing of all staff before things get worse especially for high risk roles such as being a police officer.
“Small inexpensive measures can make a big difference to staff mental health and save organisations a huge amount of money in the long run.
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