According to mental health Charity Mind, 87 per cent of emergency services staff and volunteers have experienced problems with stress, low mood and poor mental health while in service.
However, despite emergency services staff being at greater risk of stress and poor mental health, they are less likely to take time off work. Mind found that 43 per cent of emergency service workers said they have taken time off work due to poor mental health. This compares to 57 per cent of the general workforce.
Last year, mental ill-health was said to have cost the UK economy between £70m and £100m in lost productivity and sickness absence.
In response to these recent results, Mind is launching a campaign – the Blue Light Programme – to support emergency services workers to talk openly about their issues.
Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said: “The programme aims to ensure that the estimated quarter of a million people working and volunteering within police, ambulance, fire, and search and rescue divisions are able to talk openly about their mental health and access the support they need to stay well, recover and continue doing the vital and challenging roles they do serving the community.”
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