Child's death forced me to seek help
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'Child's death forced me to seek mental health help'

The number of police officers in Avon and Somerset taking time off for mental health reasons has risen by 450% in less than a decade.

Nearly 15,000 days were lost in 2017-18, compared to about 2,700 in 2009-10, mostly due to stress and depression.

Jon Owen from the Police Federation said being a officer was now "highly likely to hurt you".

He was forced to seek help after failing in the "hopeless task" of saving a young child's life after a road traffic incident.

  • 03 Jul 2018