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The mental health of police, firefighters and paramedics in the UK Biobank



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Speaker: Dr Sharon Stevelink, Lecturer, King's College London

A comparison with general working population


Centre for Mental Health at the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Dr Sharon Stevelink to discuss her doctoral research as part of the research seminar series.


It is our responsibility to protect and look after the health of members of the emergency services as this directly impacts on the country’s readiness to respond to these disasters and is a critical part of our duty of care towards this important group of workers. This study examined the mental health outcomes and associations with individual and job characteristics among emergency services personnel compared to a random sample of working people, thereby using data from the UK Biobank.

This data source contains data on over half a million adults in the UK, who were at the time of recruitment between 40-69 years. Over 280,000 reported being in work. Current emergency services personnel were identified based on Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2000 codes. A random sample of age and sex matched people working in other occupations were selected from the UK Biobank for comparative purposes. The prevalence of the outcomes of interest, based on current and life time measures of depression, anxiety, alcohol misuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide and trauma will be presented. Recommendations for further practice will be outlined.

About the speaker

Dr Sharon Stevelink is a lecturer in Epidemiology at King’s College London with a specific focus on occupation and mental health. My research portfolio includes projects examining the mental health and well-being of occupational groups (e.g. military personnel, fire fighters, police as well as specific patient groups (e.g. patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and people accessing secondary mental health care). Further, my research interests include help-seeking behaviour, occupational functioning and the evaluation of interventions among those with mental health problems.

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When and where

12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 28th January 2019

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom