Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Service supports World Mental Health Day

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is supporting World Mental Health day this Saturday (10 October) and is highlighting support in Essex to those who need it.

The Service is supporting a countywide campaign led by Essex County Council which aims to tackle declining mental wellbeing in the county as a result of coronavirus.

Latest figures show the number of assessments by adult mental health practitioners have increased by around 50% and referrals to mental health professionals have increased significantly. The Essex Mental Health and Wellbeing Team is also seeing its highest number of referrals since it was established.

In response, Essex County Council launched Mental Health Essex, a targeted countywide campaign that aims to reach those most at risk of suffering with mental health issues as a result of Covid-19, providing information and support.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “This World Mental Health Day, we want everyone to know that they are not alone and there is support available to those who need it.

“Mental health should be taken just as seriously as physical health and if you start to notice that your mental wellbeing is declining, reach out to loved ones and head over to to find support in your area. If you are worried about someone, be there for them where you can and signpost them to support.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “During these times when we are all concerned about our physical health due to COVID-19, it is so important for us to look after our mental health too.

“We have all been placed under enormous pressure and with the majority of us working from home, it is so easy to become and feel isolated, or struggle with the demands of childcare, families and not being able to spend time socially with all the people we want to. Many people may have been furloughed and are now possibly facing the risk of redundancy. It has been and continues to be a difficult time.

“Please take care of yourselves and each other and if you think someone is struggling, reach out to them and have a look at the range of support available in Essex:”

To find mental health support in your area, visit: 

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