EMAS sign the Blue Light Pledge

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) have today signed a ‘Blue Light Pledge’ showing their commitment to fighting mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

We've signed the blue light pledgeThe pledge is run by Mind, the mental health charity, who are encouraging emergency services and organisations to join the programme to promote a better understanding of mental health problems and improve the support and wellbeing they provide to their staff and volunteers.

Kevin Charles, EMAS Chaplain and Staff Support Lead said:

Our staff respond to a high volume of emergency calls, often in very challenging circumstances, which can impact their mental and physical health. We want to fight the stigma around mental health whilst supporting our staff to get the help and support they need.

We have a number of initiatives across the trust to support staff one of which is our peer to peer scheme which provides colleagues with training in support techniques and how to signpost colleagues to other services.

We are very proud to be part of the Blue Light Programme and are looking forward to working with Mind.”

EMAS joins a long list of emergency services but are the first ambulance service to sign the pledge. Others include Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and Leicestershire Police.

The AACE also signed the pledge earlier this year.