The Policing mind at Christmas – tell us your experiences

Time of year can have a noticeable impact on police wellbeing.

Over the summer, our resident researcher Dr Jess Miller reflected on how a hypervigilant, busy 'Policing Brain might' not always be the best company for a long-awaited family holiday.

Jess offered some informal advice on Twitter about how to get the most out of time away from work and over 7000 people who engaged with that tweet. Now as the festive season is most definitely upon us, we at the PDT would like to understand how officers, staff and families can get the most out of Christmas - which, for some, may only be whatever 'down' time can be squeezed in between shifts.

To understand better how Christmas and New Year is really experienced in policing, Dr Jess has created a Twitter poll which runs from Sunday 3rd December to Friday 8th December. Please take 30 seconds to share your views so that we can offer some support at this celebratory and yet challenging time of year by following @millerjessicak. To take part in the twitter poll, simply click here or follow the #neuroscienceforpolicing hashtag on twitter.

When all the results are in, the intention is to feedback with some guidance on how to support the Policing Brain and families, friends and loved ones of serving and former officers over the next few weeks.

Recent polls

Question: What do you find most challenging for your mental health at Christmas and New Year?

  • Workload
  • Expectations
  • Finances
  • Helping others

Question: Which incidents do you find most challenging at Christmas and New Year?

  • Suicide & mental illness
  • Family domestic violence
  • Alcohol related RTC's
  • Other

Question: What helps the strain at Christmas of balancing workload and festive celebrations?

  • Family & pals understanding
  • Peer support on shift
  • Grabbing chances for a pint when you can
  • Knowing you are earning

Follow and join the conversation on Twitter

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