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Annabel Poate-Joyner, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, has worked extensively with police officers since 1998 providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy, individual and management coaching, support and supervision, and specialist Occupational Health & Wellbeing services.

Police officers and other emergency services personnel may experience relationship, family and interpersonal problems, medical problems, disability, bereavement, money worries, work-place stresses and major life events, which may result in mood problems, relationship and work-related difficulties, and the normal range of common mental health issues as anyone else.

However, trained professionals in public service may also face repreated exposure to potentially traumatising and hazardous situations in the line of their work, including the threat or actual injury, disability and death to themselves and others.

Professionals such as these are well-trained to be committed and resilient and unflinching in the face of everything that their duty throws at them. Such uniquely challenging demands in the line of duty brings significant risk of trauma to their own emotional and psychological health and safety, and to their general wellbeing. 

However, they may not realise, or perhaps don't want to accept it, if they find that they are really struggling to cope, perhaps feeling that they should somehow be able to deal with their own problems by themselves. When professionals do develop significant and distressing emotional difficulties and mental health problems, including even suicidal thoughts and self-harming acts and substance abuse, this needs to be noticed and recognised as serious in the first instance.


People often say "I never thought it could happen to me!" and it can be a shock when it does! 

All too often, sadly,  important signs are missed by the person themselves, by colleagues and managers, and then the HR processes and under-resourced Welfare and Occupational Health Services result in further delay, and the services offered are inadequate and underfunded. 

Instead, the person needs to be referred urgently to a specialist Clinical and Occupational Health specialist in order to be properly assessed and be supported and treated effectively with the appropriate NICE-recommended interventions for their individual clinical needs and issues.

APJ Psychological Consulting is the expert Psychological service for your priority referrals.