A free bereavement counselling service is now available for Dyfed Powys Police Federation members who need support following the death of a colleague in the line of duty or by suicide.
Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, has teamed up with bereavement support organisation Just ‘B’ to provide members and relatives with access to bereavement counselling.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones said: “Police officers are only human and we experience the same emotional and mental distress as anyone else when our colleagues or friends die.
“Losing a colleague can have a huge impact on individual officers and teams, so it’s important they’re able to access qualified, trained, professional counselling.
“I’m delighted that Oscar Kilo is funding this service and that it’s free to all members should the unthinkable ever happen.”
The service is free and will be delivered face-to-face, online or on the phone.
It’s funded by Oscar Kilo as part of its work to deliver the Police Covenant and increase the support for police officers and staff and their families.
A referral will most likely be made by the Force’s occupational health or wellbeing team, following the usual process that is involved when a police officer or member of staff dies in the line of duty or by suicide.
The service includes:
- Counselling support for all immediate family members from a qualified counsellor trained in bereavement and trauma
- A counsellor will be allocated to each staff member, family member or bereaved family and work alongside them as they process and learn to manage their grief
- Just ‘B’ will work with parents or carers so they feel better equipped to support children and young people to understand the death and learn to express their grief
- Practical guidance and support to allow individuals and families time to consider their ‘new normal’
- Provision of relevant therapy or counselling
- Signposting to charities appropriate to the situation
- A service tailored for children and adults: support for a family group or individual 1:1 work where applicable
- Options around peer support and network events to support families.
Just ‘B’ chief executive Tony Collins said: “Our tailored support will be there for police officers, staff and their families across the 43 police forces, ensuring it can be accessed during a time when it’s most needed following a death in service or by suicide, with our specialist support provided alongside existing structures in place.” Andy Rhodes, Oscar Kilo service director, said: “We have established this service with Just ‘B’ as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering key elements of the Police Covenant, ensuring that all police forces have options to be able to provide more support to officers, staff, but also their families.” If you feel you need additional bereavement or wellbeing support then please speak to your line manager or contact the Federation.