1 April 2021
The wellbeing lead for Dyfed Powys Police Federation is encouraging members to take advantage of a free guide that has been created to help them manage their worries and stress levels.
Coinciding with the launch of National Stress Awareness Month which starts today, Dai Gaskins is calling on officers to reflect on their own wellbeing and to look at ways of improving it.
To help, Police Mutual has launched a free guide on stress awareness, which includes ways of managing stress levels and explores techniques to reduce worrying.
Dai says: “It’s more important than ever for us to support officers who are feeling stressed and worried. Although stress isn’t a mental health illness, it can lead to serious health problems, including anxiety and depression.
“National Stress Awareness Month gives us all an opportunity to open up about how we’re feeling and to reach out if we need that support.
“The free guide that has been created by Police Mutual is great, especially if people don’t necessarily want to speak to anybody about their concerns just yet but instead just need some support.”
The guide also highlights a number of useful links and a downloadable phone app that users can access for further help.
“Feeling stressed is nothing to be ashamed of, especially at the moment when we’re all having to deal with the ongoing pandemic along with the normal issues we face on a daily basis,” added Dai.
“The wellbeing and mental health of our officers is a Federation priority and it’s important that our members know that.
“We are always here for members, not just during this campaign in April but throughout the whole year.”
Police Mutual offers financial and wellbeing support to serving and retired officers, as well as their families.