Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioral and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. Mental health affects daily living, relationships, and physical health. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. The biggest mental health and most common are anxiety disorders major depression and bipolar disorder.
Police service commission says 13% of officers are suffering from mental health issues. Mental health issues among officers due to a tough work environment. There has been a spike of incidents involving police officers, including murder and suicide which have been linked to mental wellness of the officers. Over the years, a spike in deaths in the service had been linked to trauma.
Police service commission is focusing on dealing with the menace which is taking a toll on the officers’ performance and is on an increase. Police commanders are currently being trained on addressing mental health issues and how they can detect triggers of stress and mental wellness of their juniors.