MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS: Derbyshire emergency services ‘stamp out stigma’

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To mark Mental Health Awareness week Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and the police force are working together to stamp out the stigma attached to condition.

The aim is to give employees the chance to become more aware of approaches towards mental health, as well as providing access to a wide range of useful information covering everything from support networks to fitness and nutrition.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Terry McDermott said: “Mental health can affect anyone at any time; from the communities that we serve, to our own employees.

“It’s therefore important that our workforce is equipped with the necessary support, knowledge and understanding of mental health and our joint Stamp out Stigma campaign provides a great foundation for this.”

One in four of the population experience some form of mental health related problem in their lifetime. Research by the charity Mind has found that those working in blue light services are more at risk of suffering from a mental health issue, but are less likely to seek help, in part due to the stigma that still remains in being open about mental health related problems.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “This week will hopefully provide people with a greater understanding of the issues that affect people suffering with mental health.

“Everyday our officers and staff come into contact with people suffering from this illness and it is important that awareness is raised.

“Within our organisation it is crucial that we support the health and well-being of staff and the appropriate support is provided.”

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is an opportunity for employees from both DFRS and Derbyshire Constabulary to reflect on the strategies and resources needed to not just survive, but also to thrive in everyday life.

Throughout the week, advice and insight will be provided on how employees can strengthen personal resilience and in turn, build good mental health.