The continued need for The Fire Fighters Charity’s mental health support services has been highlighted today, with the publication of research claiming that 65% of the UK’s fire and rescue service personnel have seen a deterioration in their mental health during the pandemic.
The study, conducted by Mind’s re-launched Blue Light Programme – of which The Fire Fighters Charity is a partner – found that mental health has worsened across all 999 services, with 20% of fire service personnel today rating their mental health as either poor or very poor.
Funded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Blue Light Programme brings together The Fire Fighters Charity, The Ambulance Staff Charity, Police Care UK, and Mind to further the mental health and well-being of the UK’s emergency responders.
Speaking of the research, Dr Jill Tolfrey, chief executive of The Fire Fighters Charity said: ‘We commend Mind and the Blue Light Programme on the publication of this latest research, which once again highlights the incredible pressures faced by those who work across our fire and rescue services.
‘COVID-19 has amplified these pressures for many on the frontline and brought new mental health challenges for others. As ever, our role at The Fire Fighters Charity is to ensure that we are always here for those in need. While we have had to move our mental health services online during the pandemic, we have supported thousands through virtual consultations over the past year and will continue to do so, while also bringing back our face-to-face services over the weeks to come.
‘My message to anyone facing a challenge to their mental well-being today is, therefore, simple. We are here for you. Please pick up the phone or get in touch through our website and we will do whatever we can to help you.’
Members of the fire and rescue services in need of support with their mental well-being can call The Fire Fighters Charity’s support line on 0800 389 8820 or visit their website.
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