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Strategic framework for the management of mental health in the policing workforce: a principles-based approach

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It is well documented that effective prevention and management of mental health issues requires a comprehensive, multilayered approach with coordinated action by multiple stakeholders. Policing organisations currently use different systems and methodologies in response to occupational and psychosocial risk factors. As part of the ANZPAA Safety and Wellbeing Working Group Action plan (2014-15), this strategic framework was developed to establish a set of cross-jurisdictional Guiding Principles for managing the broad spectrum of mental health in policing. The Guiding Principles incorporate evidence-based components drawn from various fields and perspectives including the World Health Organisation (WHO), public health, preventative medicine, occupational health and safety, health productivity, health promotion and organisational psychology.

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