Warwick Psychological Services (WPS) is proud to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work, dedication, and service that our police officers demonstrate on a daily basis. The role of a police officer is often challenging and demanding, with individuals required to make quick and informed decisions in high-pressure situations, putting themselves at risk to maintain the safety and security of their communities. However, the mental toll of this work can be significant, and it is important for officers to seek support when needed.
The nature of policing means that officers often experience high levels of stress, which can lead to a range of psychological issues, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The unpredictability of the job, the need to make decisions quickly, and the risk of encountering dangerous situations can all contribute to mental health issues.
Police officers are often expected to be resilient and tough, which can make it difficult for them to acknowledge when they are struggling. Unfortunately, this can lead to a culture of silence, where officers avoid seeking help and try to deal with their mental health concerns alone. However, ignoring these issues can lead to more significant problems down the line, affecting not only the individual but also their family, colleagues, and community.
That is why WPS is dedicated to providing mental health services to police officers who need them. Our experienced therapists, Christina Qin, Michela Cochrane, and Paul Ward, are all trained to provide a range of counselling services to support police officers in managing and overcoming their mental health challenges.
It is worth noting that seeking support is not a sign of weakness, and indeed, it is a strength to acknowledge when you need help. The availability of fully-funded mental health support is a significant resource that should be taken advantage of, especially by those in high-stress occupations like police officers.
If you are a police officer, know that Warwick Psychological Services is here to help you. Once approval is obtained through the WA Police Force Psychology Unit, our sessions are fully funded by the WA Police Service. Please call us on 04688 911 00 to make a booking, informing us that you are from WA Police. Our therapists are fluent in a range of languages, including Mandarin and Italian, in addition to English, to ensure that our services are accessible to all.
Paul is currently fully booked, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, letting them know you are a member of the Western Australian Police Force and would like to be added to a waiting list.