Attended by the Duke of Cambridge, today’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium marked the culmination of four years’ work, in which we partnered with The Royal Foundation to identify solutions and best practice to ensure that fire service emergency responders and their families can access the mental health support and advice they need, when they need it.

Together with representatives from the other UK emergency services charity partners, our Chief Executive, Dr Jill Tolfrey, attended today’s Symposium, which also brought together emergency services leaders, frontline workers, policy makers and academics. With keynote speeches from The Duke of Cambridge; Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Dame Cressida Dick and Health Secretary Sajid Javid, the event also saw the launch of the new Blue Light Together Website.

Featuring a broad range of mental health resources that we, and the other charity partners, have provided, the new site offers a hub of advice and support for all emergency services personnel.

Speaking of the event, Dr Tolfrey said: “It has been a privilege to have worked with the Royal Foundation over the last few years to champion the mental health and wellbeing of the UK’s fire services community.

“I am delighted that we have been able to contribute our expertise and resources to the Blue Light Together website, providing another vital avenue through which fire service personnel can find information and advice when they need it.

“Through this new site, as well as through our own website, the new My Fire Fighters Charity app and through fire and rescue services themselves, mental health support from The Fire Fighters Charity, is now more accessible than ever.”

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