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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue signs up to Mind's Blue Light pledge

16 June 2017

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has joined other emergency services and associations in signing up to a campaign against mental health stigma.

The Service has signed up to Mind’s Blue Light pledge, which demonstrates its commitment to challenge mental health stigma and promote the positive wellbeing of Lincolnshire’s firefighters and employees.

Mind Blue Light Pledge

Nick Borrill, chief fire officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, commented: “By making this pledge, we are demonstrating our commitment to tackling mental health stigma in the workplace.

“We know our staff work in hugely difficult circumstances and are regularly exposed to traumatic situations. For me, it’s only right they receive the right support and help if needed.

“Signing the pledge reinforces our ongoing commitment to develop, support and extend our health and wellbeing activity for everyone here at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. We are excited about exploring and implementing new initiatives that will not only reassure our staff that mental health and well-being is important to us, but will hopefully encourage them to share ideas and come together to make a real difference.

Ben Selby, brigade secretary of the Fire Brigade’s Union, commented: “We are fully committed to challenging the stigma of mental health. Service staff work under immense pressure and in extreme situations, so it’s important they have the right mental health support. The FBU will, where possible, look to offer training to members of the Service to help improve the health and wellbeing offering in Lincolnshire.”

Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for Emergency Services at Lincolnshire County Council, commented: “Our firefighters work in extremely challenging conditions which can have very serious implications on their mental health, so it’s really important we work together to provide the best possible support services.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue joins the wide movement of emergency service employers and associations that have pledged to tackle mental health stigma. More information about the MIND programme, along with a list of services which have signed the pledge, can be found at www.mind.org.uk.

For more information about Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr

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