Emergency service mental health package unveiled
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting a new mental health support package for emergency services workers and was invited to attend the launch event in London, hosted by His Royal Highness Prince William.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge unveiled the Blue Light Together initiative to key figures from the UK's first responder services at an event recently.
The symposium saw speakers from across fire, ambulance, police and search and rescue as well as the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, mental health charity Mind CEO Paul Farmer and Prince William.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is Lawrence Howard. He has been involved in the project, representing the Service, which has been featured as a case study on the new initiative website.
Lawrence said: “We now have a uniform set of standards for supporting the mental health of all our emergency service workers in the work place which is great news”.
“The aim of Blue Light Together is to create a joined-up approach to mental health policy and change and provide a platform for senior leaders. This will help to encourage staff to seek support and engender an open culture on mental health while building an awareness of the outputs of The Royal Foundation’s Senior Leadership Board and Emergency Responder Programme.
“Cheshire Fire is currently one of only two fire and rescue services in the country featured on the website, so its validation for us that our staff are being properly protected as we work even more to raise awareness, challenge stigma and create an open culture across the organisation to support anyone that needs it.”
Anyone who works for an emergency service can access support via - www.bluelighttogether.org.uk
Last updated: Friday 03 December 2021