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By Shahzad Ali, CEO of Get Licensed. Published on IFSEC Global's website.
It’s no secret that workforces everywhere have felt the impact of COVID-19. Whether that be overwork in the medical sector, furlough in hospitality or job loss within downturned businesses.
There was little mention of the security industry in this time however, despite the industry suffering immensely, recording the highest number of deaths in any UK sector per 100,000, according to ONS reports from early on in the pandemic.
To make matters worse, globally, people were finding their mental health was suffering just as much as their physical.
According to a recent study, 40% of security workers already suffer from PTSD or another mental illness, so when coupled with the stresses of lockdown and a global pandemic, it is more important than ever that mental health support is prioritised within this sector.
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We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.