Fire Service’s Commitment to Mental Health

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is pledging its commitment to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing to both the communities we serve and the staff within our organisation.

Today (Monday 9 May) marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week and the Service will be highlighting the support available to those suffering with mental issues as well sharing advice on maintaining wellbeing.

The Service is solidifying its commitment to this cause by:

Taking part in Telford and Wrekin Council’s Year of Wellbeing
Signing up to The Mental health at Work Commitment
Signposting to mental health organisation such as Mind
Promoting positive changes both within and outside the Service.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Hardiman said:

“The past two years have taken their toll on everyone in some way or another. The pandemic has posed some unexpected challenges, and this has understandably had a negative impact on many people’s mental health and wellbeing.

“As a Service we are committed to ensuring our staff are happy and well but also that they receive the support they need when they need it. We have a number of channels to support our fire family, including our Voices group which is full of representatives of all different communities, topics and issues, our TRIM service which supports our staff who have seen or been involved in traumatic incidents or events, Mental health First aiders and occupational health.

“It’s also important to us that we are champions of mental health and wellbeing in our communities and support organisations that help those in need and promote agencies who can provide help. Our prevention team are privileged enough to visit our community members in their homes and can therefore make referrals to other agencies to ensure everyone has the support they need.”


13th May, 2022