Greater Manchester Police has pledged its commitment to challenging mental health stigma and promoting positive wellbeing among staff and officers.
The MIND Blue Light Time to Change Pledge was signed on the first day of a mental health awareness week (12th of October) for GMP officers and staff. This is supported by an action plan that states the force’s commitment to deliver a number of activities that will support the mental welfare of those working within the organisation.
During the launch event attendee’s were shown a message of support recorded by presenter and chairman of MIND, Stephen Fry. Greater Manchester Police joins an expanding movement of more than 300 employers across England who are working to tackle mental health issues in order to aid in keeping their staff fit for work.
Chief Executive of MIND Paul Farmer said “Good mental health should be a priority in any workplace but it is especially important that people exposed to traumatic or life-threatening situations- such as those working within the police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services- receive appropriate support”.