The Fire Fighters Charity launches winter appeal amid surging demand for mental health support

The Fire Fighters Charity is today launching a winter fundraising appeal amid a growing need for mental health support across the UK’s fire services community. With one in five members of the fire service rating their mental health as poor…

New report reveals impact of burn-out and poor work-life balance

The Emergency Services Show, NEC, 7–8 September 2021 A new 18-month study of over 10,000 front-line workers highlighting the critical state of poor staff mental health across the emergency services sector will be launched at The Emergency Services Show at the NEC in Birmingham…

Firefighters fight mental health problems

Firefighters are particularly at risk of work-related stress and mental health problems because of the nature of their work. As a sector, there is increasing focus on the mental health and wellbeing of staff and TeamDoctor is delighted to be…

Charity welcomes research into mental health impact of pandemic on UK fire service personnel

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…

Fire Chief discusses mental health and sexism

The ‘hunky fireman’ image that has been a central feature of recruitment drives is putting women off joining forces across the nation. One of Britain’s highest-ranking female firefighters has revealed that women make up less than 7% of the nation’s…

When the loss isn’t gone

As is typical, much of what we learn regarding mental health in our field finds genesis within the military. And, the idea of Ambiguous Loss is no different. Lead by researcher Pauline Boss, Ambiguous Loss grabbed foothold in the grief…

Unique mental health video ‘a must-see’

This is the fire video that has been setting social media alight. The footage features Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and officers talking about mental health, exploding myths and attempting to remove the stigma. It has been backed by…

Learn to manage life-changing conversations

British Safety Council offers training to help with mental health conversations According to a Business in the Community report, 60% of employees have experienced a mental health problem due to work and 31% have been formally diagnosed with a mental…

UK Mental health is everyone’s business – British Safety Council launches a suite of mental health training courses

On the eve of World Mental Health Day, the British Safety Council has unveiled its mental health training portfolio. The courses are designed to help businesses and their employees start conversations about mental health issues and support their efforts to…

The Fire Fighters Charity boosts mental health support with new role

The Fire Fighters Charity has today confirmed its commitment to supporting the mental health of the UK fire community with the recruitment of a new role to bolster its psychological support services. Now recruiting for a new Psychological Services Lead,…

Responder Mental Health Issues Considered at The Emergency Services Show

Unions, professional bodies and charities will come together at The Emergency Services Show in Birmingham, UK next week (20-21 September) to lift the lid on mental health issues and share strategies for improving the wellbeing of emergency services staff. A recent ‘blue light’ mental health survey…

Mental Health Pledge

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has signed a pledge to show its commitment to tackling mental health stigma at work. Organisations who sign up to the pledge agree to promote a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support…

Work-related Stress and Mental Health Issues in the Fire Service

Once upon a time the leading cause of absence from work was musculoskeletal complaints: bad backs, bad joints and the like. Not any longer. Although still number one, musculoskeletal impairments are closely followed by mental health problems, many but not…

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