Records for 57 fire, police, and ambulance services in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland reveal the number of employees who took leaves due to ailing mental health surged by a third between 2014 and 2018.
Employees have been urged to “seek help” after traumatic events.
The government said it was funding aid for workers to “counter the stigma” surrounding mental well-being.
Total numbers of police officers and firefighters have fallen sick since 2014-15, however, the employment of ambulance workers has risen.
Fire and ambulance services reported a rise in the number of employees taking mental health-related leaves – such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nervousness, depression, and different stress – while police saw a slight plunge in 2018 after four years of increases.
Colm Porter from Unison stated the rise could also be down to employees being more willing to seek help with mental well-being.
PC Jim Dutton, 37, a road traffic official from Staffordshire Police, was driving in “torrential rain” on a motorway when two fellow officers in one other car slipped off the road and crashed through a barrier.
One was trapped in the vehicle, and the other was thrown from it and down an embankment. Both were seriously injured during the accident in