. A friend of my daughter's, ex military was rejected out of hand because he had served in Afghanistan and might be subject to PTSD in the future which was deemed to be an unacceptable risk!
- One half of the recruiting team that got me in the met was on anti-depressents at the time(I should have paid more attention to that).
- I'd been in the job less than 10 weeks before I met a PC who had recently attempted suicide.
- A DI I respected was detained under the mental health act due to what happened to them on 7/7
- A friend died due to substance abuse trying to deal with stuff.
- A close friend of mine has recently being diagnosed with PTSD.
I think one of the most popular posts I have on this site, describes me picking brains up off a railway line. I have no idea how that has effected me.
I won't bother with the broken marriages and alcohol abuse that are seen as much a part of the job as the free half an hour for the Queen.
The job cannot simply screen out what "might be" whilst exposing exposing its personnel to exteme situations with lack of back-up. There is a bunch of stuff I don't talk about or laugh about. I had no assistance or risk management over about 3 1/2 years of routine exposure to deeply unpleasant stuff.
So either there is a super support system in the Australian service you describe, or you should call BS.
On that, if any Blue Light staff haven't seen this - please read the below.
Blue Light Programme | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems
Talking to your mates about this stuff shows geniune strength, not weakness.
Don't endure this alone. Your mates will stand by you, like you would by them.