I was ill health retired a few years ago, near the end of my full Police career but refused an Injury on duty award by my force. All of my adult life has been spent serving the public in Police service.
I had no hope of being able to fight the organisation that had washed their hands of me, they didn’t want to know about me as I had PTSD from my Police service. My career and future had been taken away from me. Trying to cope with complex PTSD, was having a terrible impact on my daily life and that of my family.
Sometime later, a friend told me about the IODPA. I was in a terrible place with my mental illness but I did eventually contact them. Since then I have had the most wonderful advice, personal support, understanding and health treatment from the charity staff.
I know now that I am not alone, fighting for my entitlements and rights. I have had the charity supporting me throughout all my challenges, signposting legal support.
I have hope now for the future, as the charity understands that so many officers has been treated this way by the Police forces, they served.
I would urge all officers who are going through ill health retirement to contact the charity. The charity staff are truly dedicated to fighting for your rights every day, to stop those who are taking unlawful and immoral actions against injured officers.
The charity staff recognised the extent of my PTSD injury and offered me treatment. I took up their kind offer up and went on an intensive course of Craniosacral therapy, which was provided for by the charity. This Therapy was exceptional, as it has helped me understand and cope with my complex PTSD injury.
I wish that I had known about the IODPA, when I was going through my ill health retirement. I would have not have been alone, trying to fight back, to secure my rights to an injury pension.
Don’t lose hope, the charity is here to support you and your family.
Thank you IODPA, for all your wonderful dedication and support you have given me over the years.
Please join the IODPA, you will be helping them to keep on supporting those of us that have been injured on duty.