- Wednesday, 11 May 2022 09:27
At least 1 in 4 of us have had mental health issues, therefore it is likely that you, some of your friends, colleagues or family members would have experienced some form of it in their lives.
On Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are issuing their second mental health video, opening up about their own experiences, breaking the stigma, which helps to improve their mental health, and the importance of seeking support.
We know that opening up about mental health is not always easy, and more needs to be done to understand and break down the stigma.
We all have physical health, and we all have mental health. However more often than not, when a physical injury presents itself we wouldn’t think twice about seeking support - yet when it comes to mental health illness, the symptoms aren’t often as obvious and it can be difficult for many to start the conversation. This can include feeling low, anxious, stressed or having distressing thoughts. Recognising when you are not feeling yourself, speaking to someone about how you’re feeling and supporting one another has never been more important.
Fire Service staff are exposed to more traumatic incidents than most, which can also have an impact on their mental health. Statistics show emergency services have a high number of people who have experienced poor mental health.
Our aim as a Service is to reduce the stigma attached with mental health, by recognising the power of conversation and to make our staff feel as though they’re supported. It is important to know that mental ill health can affect anyone, at any time.
If you're struggling, support is available:
- Samaritans onlineor call for free: 116 123
- Hub of Hope - Mental Health Support Network provided by Chasing the Stigma
- Mind charityonline or on their infoline: 0300 123 3393
- Speak to your local GP
- NHS Mental Health Support