Mental health in emergency care

The BBC recently reported that work-related stress levels in Welsh emergency personnel workers were at their highest levels. A resource aimed at supporting mental health in 999 workers was established by mental health charity, Mind. One aspect of its ‘Blue Light Champion’ programme identifies ‘Champions’—volunteers or peers who can support their colleagues during periods of stress. The programme also aims to destigmatise mental health—encouraging individuals to recognise and act on symptoms, avoiding the traditional ‘stiff upper lip’ approach.

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