Chief Constable Simon Edens, pictured, has renewed his commitment to tacking mental health stigma in the workplace by signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge last Friday, ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week this week.
He said: “This is part of the Mind Blue Light programme nationally, aiming to drive long term change within emergency services – it’s a statement of intent to work towards improvement and to inspire the culture within our organisation. This means raising awareness and understanding about mental health, recognising issues and knowing where and who to go to for help. It means putting stigma in the past where it belongs, and encouraging confidence in simply starting a conversation about it. The more we talk about it and understand it, the easier and more commonplace those conversations will become.”
“It’s Mental Health Awareness week this week, so let’s all keep making time to talk, time to listen, about mental health!”
Further information about the Blue Light and the charter can be found here https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/bluelight/