Northamptonshire Police sign up to Blue Light mental health pledge

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Police has today shown its commitment to tackling mental health stigma in the workplace by signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge.

Chief Constable Simon Edens signed the pledge at police headquarters, signalling a promise to promote better understanding of mental health problems and ensuring officers and staff have the necessary support and advice for their wellbeing.

Northamptonshire Police is the latest in a series of organisations that have pledged their support to raising awareness of mental health and making provision for welfare needs.

Chief Constable Simon Edens, said: “Sadly, people who suffer from mental health problems can face further challenges in the shape of discrimination, stereotypes or stigma. No-one, no matter what they are experiencing, should feel like they are isolated and can’t talk about their problems or concerns.

“Our officers and staff work in a challenging and at times difficult environment and I want to ensure they have the best possible support network available to them. By signing this pledge I want to show we are committed to fighting negative attitudes and practices and helping improve people’s self-confidence.”

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “Not only are many of our blue light personnel struggling with their mental health, but they’re less likely to seek support or have time off sick than the general workforce. Good mental health should be a priority in any workplace but it is especially important that people exposed to traumatic or life-threatening situations - such as those working within the police, ambulance, fire and search and rescue services – receive appropriate support. By signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge Northamptonshire Police is helping to fight stigma and promote positive mental health in emergency services.”

The Blue Light Programme is developed by Mind – mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  The programme is specifically aimed at supporting emergency services staff.

Further information can be found at www.mind.org.uk

Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday).

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