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SECAmb signs up to Blue Light pledge

25 February 2016

Paul with SECAmb staffSouth East Coast Ambulance Trust NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has shown its commitment to ending mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace by signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge.

The signing ceremony took place at the Trust headquarters at Banstead in Surrey and was signed by Trust Chief Executive Paul Sutton.

The signing pledges the Trust’s support to the Blue Light Programme, promoting a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support and wellbeing advice to its staff and volunteers. Paul was joined by representatives from operational, control and support staff for the signing.

He said: “We understand the pressures and demands which exist for anyone working for an emergency service and we are committed to doing our utmost to support all staff. They do an amazing job in often difficult and traumatic circumstances and we welcome all efforts to recognise and minimise those pressures.”

SECAmb joins the nationwide movement of emergency service employers and associations that have pledged to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, including Kent Fire and Rescue, Kent Police, Leicestershire Police, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

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 of 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 SECAmb is helping to fight stigma and promote positive mental health in emergency services.”

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