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Service signs up to Mind's Blue Light Pledge

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has signed Mind’s Blue Light Pledge as part of a scheme to help create a healthier workplace which puts staff wellbeing first.

By signing the pledge the Service is demonstrating a commitment to improve the mental wellbeing of Service employees.

The scheme sees emergency services and specialist partner agencies working together to share ideas and schemes which will help improve mental health in the workplace.

The signing took place as a special employee wellbeing event held at the Service’s Kelvedon Park headquarters on Friday October 23. The event brought together mental health and wellbeing speakers hosting staff workshops and a health ‘market place’ with stalls from Mind, local healthcare providers, the Fire Fighters Charity, Women in the Fire Service, the Fire Brigades Union as well as the Service’s fitness, training and human resources teams.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “Statistics show that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. That’s a powerful statistic in its own right.

“Even closer to home is the research which shows that an estimated quarter of a million people who work in the emergency services are more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem.

“Our primary role in leading the way to a safer Essex is to help build communities where people feel safer at home and at work. We need to make sure that this is also true for us. All employees have the right to feel safe, supported, respected and valued in the workplace.

“By signing this pledge we are showing a commitment to make sure our staff are happy and that their mental wellbeing is looked after at work.”

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