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Trauma Resilience in UK Policing


Easy read infographics for Covid19

Listening to the experiences of officers and decision-makers through our research, we produce resilience infographics; simple accessible material for guidance and awareness-raising on issues relating specifcially to Covid19. These are shared on social media with the aim to reach as many people as possible to support police wellbeing at work as practically as possible. Many are transferable across other emergency response and key worker roles.

Infographics include:

Working in isolation: advice on how to adjust smoothly to working more on your own or at home

Dealing with anxiety and uncertainty: understanding the natural and collective anxiety in response to a pandemic

Neurodiversity (unique challenges): raising awareness of uniques challenges  brought to Covid19 by ASDs, OCD, PTSD, Insomnia, Easting Disorders 

Help for people who are helping people: support for those who find themselves supporting others during Covid 19

Finding your feet: Four-step grounding technique for times of stress and discomfort to bring easy and steadiness

Making space in the brain: Four techniques to create mental space around difficulty- used to process trauma as part of the Trauma Impact Processing Techniques (TIPT) training from the RCT with Greater Manchester Police 2017-2019 and published in the Policing Journal: Theory, Principles and Practice with contribution from Dr Rick Hanson. 

As 2020 moved out of the first lockdown, we produced some more general resilience, The F Word (fear and threat perception in operational policing) and The C Word (compassion management in operational policing).

NEW for Lockdown#2 are two new infographics about what have learned the first time round in lockdown and how we can hardwire those 'lockdown life lessons' for resilience. One is lighthearted, the other more focussed for resilience. 

Latest news

Policing Trauma and Surfwell on the BBC: We Are England

27 January 2023

Dr Jess joins the amazing Surfwell Team to talk about policing, mental health and the impact of nature and an open mind on trauma resilience. To view the episode trailer, click here

Policing Blog for Global Compassion Coalition

27 January 2023

Dr Jess talks openly about the current pressures on the UK police force and how the dynamic of compassion works both ways between policing and the social world we live in. To read the blog and hear more about the fantastic work of this pioneering coalition, click here

Sunday Times article : Special Measures, trauma and policing

1 August 2022

processed-7607bc32-902b-4cec-822c-ab29467a0ccd_mfykmuy2.jpeg Article in the Sunday Times featuring our research on working conditions and PTSD in contemporary UK policing, see: What it’s really like to be a police officer: ‘We get called murderers and rapists’ | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Sunday Times (

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