Senior Emergency Service leaders come together to announce landmark ‘Mental Health’ commitment.
Our CEO, Tracy Nicholls was joined by Liz Harris, Head of Professional Standards at The Royal Foundation Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium in London recently. At the event, HRH The Duke of Cambridge announced a UK first, The Chief Officers of the National Police Chiefs Council, the National Fire Chiefs Council and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives made a public pledge on behalf of their organisations and signed the Mental Health at Work Commitment. More information regarding the event can be found here.
This is an unprecedented agreement, declaring that mental health is, and will remain, a strategic priority for all UK emergency services, and means that for the first time, a uniform set of standards for supporting the mental health of emergency responder staff will be adopted and integrated into workplaces. In addition, HM Coastguard (as Chair of UK Search and Rescue, UKSAR) has also signed the Commitment and will be working with UKSAR members to embed its standards to support the wellbeing of their staff and volunteers.
The Symposium, brought together 200 leaders from across fire, ambulance, police, and search and rescue as well as the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick and Mind CEO Paul Farmer. The event also saw the launch of the Blue Light Together hub
, a place for all UK emergency services staff, volunteers, retirees and friends and family to find information, ideas and support to help look after their mental health.
You can watch a recording of the whole Symposium on You Tube.