Mind Blue Light team stop at Harrogate

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A team from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust visited St Andrews in Harrogate as they walked from coast to coast in aid of the Mind Blue Light Programme.

Mental health charity Mind report that one in four emergency services workers have considered taking their own life which was the inspiration behind the Blue Light Walk.

The team, made up of Emergency Medical Technician 1 (EMT1), Dan Farnworth, Paramedic, Rich Morton, Paramedic Lecturer, Gill Despard and Senior Paramedic, Phil Baggaley embarked on a six day trek from Scarborough to Blackpool calling at as many Police, Fire, Ambulance and RNLI stations as possible, spreading the word about mental health within emergency services.

With a £5,000 target, the team visited The Police Treatment Centres in Harrogate.

The Police Treatment Centres have been working closely with Mind, the mental health charity, as a new Psychological Wellbeing Programme, a structured two programme designed especially for serving officers, has been developed this year.

The Police Treatment Centres is one of 56 Blue Light employers and nine national associations who have shown their commitment to raising awareness and tackling the stigma surrounding mental health in emergency services by signing up to the Blue Light Time to Change pledge.

The signing of the Blue Light Time to Change pledge has been central to the Police Treatment Centres’ goal of establishing parity of esteem between mental and physical health at the Police Treatment Centres, with the mental health of our patients treated as equally important to their physical health.

As part of their Blue Light Programme, the mental health charity have set up a Blue Light Infoline specifically for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families, providing independent and confidential support, advice and signposting.

Information about the work of the team and how to sponsor them are available through the website www.bluelightwalk.com