108 Police Officers Diagnosed with Mental Illness- Police Psychologist Reveals

A police psychologist has revealed that about 108 police officers have been diagnosed with different mental illness.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Foster Nanewortor, a clinical psychologist, said of the 108 number, four of them committed personal suicide.

He made the startlingly comments at a health sensitisation workshop organised by the Accra Regional Command to educate the officers on the need to manage stress and its impacts that lead to negative effects.

ASP Nanewortor, who is the only serving clinical psychologist in the service, said the trend is growing because of the stressful nature of police work.

“Over the few years, we have experienced trends of suicide among officers and this is due to the nature of our work which is very stressful, therefore we have to reach out to them on some of the things they can do to minimise stress when the need arises,” the Times quoted him as saying.

He also disclosed that there were three attempted suicides last year, adding that 60 per cent of the figure resorted to the use of alcohol when they were stressed.

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