Health & Wellbeing Pledge

As a blue light organisation, we have committed to promoting better understanding of mental health issues and to end stigma in the workplace by signing up to the national Blue Light Programme which is led by the mental health charity MIND.

MIND state that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year and their independent research showed that the estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing mental health problems than the general population, but less likely to get support. 

Our Chief Executive and Chair publically signed the pledge and joined other healthcare and emergency services employers demonstrating the organisation’s support of the programme to tackle mental health discrimination.

By signing up to an action plan under the pledge, the Trust will create a working environment in which staff and volunteers are encouraged to talk freely about any mental health issues they may have, promote a better understanding of mental health, and provide support and wellbeing advice within the service.

Part of the programme includes the Blue Light information line which is exclusive to emergency services staff, volunteers and their families. It offers confidential, independent and practical support, advice and signposting around mental health and wellbeing.

In addition to the above, we also took part in ‘Time to Talk’ day on Thursday 4 February which was a campaign run by Time to Change. The aim of the day was to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health.