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Taking care of our emergency service workers

Taking care of our emergency service workers

Published by Grace Mcgachy
1:17pm 12th October 2018.

They have one of the most stressful jobs but they don't always come forward about this issue.

Research by charity Mind shows that emergency services staff are more at risk of experiencing a mental health issue than the general public, but less likely to seek support.

So now Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service has shown its commitment to support staff by signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge.

 

The Blue Light Programme provides 999 staff and volunteers with support and information about mental health, and challenges how we all think and feel about mental health in the workplace through the pledge.

By signing the pledge, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service is showing its commitment to promoting positive wellbeing within the service and tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.

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Mahbu Rahman, Blue Light Programme Manager at Mind, said:

"We are pleased to see Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service taking this positive step to promote mental health and wellbeing by signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge on World Mental Health Day.

By making this pledge, the service is joining more than 100 other emergency services, representative bodies and organisations around the country to have also committed to tackling poor mental health within 999 services.

Norfolk's emergency services perform challenging, potentially traumatic, and dangerous duties every day to keep us all safe.

Far from being immune to stress and poor mental health, the unique pressures of the role can put 999 staff and volunteers at greater risk of developing a mental health problem.

It's so important staff and volunteers are offered support so they can be at their best, ready to carry out these difficult and life-saving roles we often take for granted."

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