Mental Health Related Sickness Leave

FOI Number: 22061

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Published on 24 August 2022

Ref: FOI/22061 


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 


I would like to know how many working days (both firefighters and staff) were lost to psychological disorders between January 2020 and January 2022. 


Duty days lost to sickness. 

Depression 706 
Stress 1742 
Anxiety 966 
Other mental health issues 531 
Total  3945 
Total for all sickness in 2020 16136 
Depression 286 
Stress 1699 
Anxiety 1102 
Other mental health issues 449 
Total  3506 
Total for all sickness in 2021 18586 

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