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Talking Can Save Lives

West Yorkshire Police officers who are struggling with their mental health are being urged to seek help, as it emerged that 165 male police officers in England and Wales had died by suicide in the 10 years to 2020.

The Office of National Statistics published the figures by occupation from 2011 to 2020, which showed that there had been 187 suicides in total among serving police officers in England and Wales, of whom 165 were men.

West Yorkshire Police Federation Wellbeing Lead Aaron Horsfall said: “If you’re struggling, please talk to someone. Andy’s Man Club ( runs talking clubs for men across the country, including many in West Yorkshire.”

“Please talk about Andy’s Man Club with your colleagues, and you can also refer members of the public to seek help.”
“Your Federation can also signpost you to help, or you can call Samaritans for free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123.”

Date posted: February 1, 2022

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