Emergency Services support Mental Health at Work Commitment

Emergency services have come together in a new commitment to providing mental health support. 

In a UK first, the Chief Officers of the National Police Chiefs Council, National Fire Chiefs Council, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives and Her Majesty's Coastguard have made a public pledge on behalf of their organisations at The Royal Foundation Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium (25th November).

This unprecedented agreement declares that mental health is, and will remain, a strategic priority for the UK emergency services.

It means that for the first time – across every police, fire, ambulance and coastguard service in the nation – a uniform set of standards for supporting the mental health of their emergency responder staff will be adopted and integrated into their workplaces.

Moving forward, UK Search and Rescue (UKSAR) will work with the Royal Foundation to promote wellbeing and good mental health in the wider UKSAR community.

Peter Mizen, Chief Coastguard for HM Coastguard, said: “Everyone associated with Her Majesty’s Coastguard is incredibly proud and honoured to join our Emergency Services colleagues in signing and supporting this incredibly important Mental Health at Work Commitment. The Emergency Services community selflessly serve and protect the public with distinction day in, day out and it’s vital that we all come together to honour this pledge.

“Ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of HM Coastguard's hard-working staff and dedicated volunteers across the UK is a key priority, and we will always promote and drive the very best positive mental health outcomes and experiences within our organisation. Moving forward, UK Search and Rescue (UKSAR) will work with the Royal Foundation to promote wellbeing and good mental health in the wider UKSAR community and its volunteer organisations.”

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