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Book tour helps police tackle stress and trauma

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More than 3000 Victorian police officers and their families have learned new ways to cope with stress, thanks to a Gallagher Bassett-sponsored book tour.

Former US policeman and psychologist Kevin Gilmartin shared key messages from his book Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement – among them, the importance of exercise.

Gallagher Bassett Business Account Manager Andrea Moffat says Dr Gilmartin’s studies indicate just 22 minutes of exercise a day can help manage mental illness such as depression.

“We all know exercise makes the brain feel good,” Ms Moffatt said. “Gallagher Bassett was honoured to share this experience with more than 3000 police officers.”

Dr Gilmartin’s tour took in Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong and Moe, and was attended by police, their families and Gallagher Bassett claims managers.

The third-party claims administrator distributed more than 1000 of its Gentle Bear teddies to officers and their families.