Answering the call is the first national survey of the mental health and wellbeing of personnel in the police and emergency services. It was conducted between October 2017 and March 2018.
Beyond Blue worked together with police and emergency services agencies, peak bodies, unions and other key groups on this landmark, national survey to provide a detailed picture of the issues affecting the mental health and wellbeing of employees, former employees, and volunteers.
In total, 21,014 police and emergency services volunteers and current and former employees across a range of roles, ranks and locations participated in the survey.
The national survey findings reflect the collective voices of the 21,014 individuals who shared their information with us and made this evidence possible. The results reveal a workforce that is deeply impacted, both by the nature of the work that they do, and the pressures of the environments in which they work. These results compel action. They require a dedicated and collective effort to ensure that we strengthen our approach to protecting those who protect us – to make a real difference to people’s lives.