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MEN’S HEALTH WEEK
JUNE 9 TO JUNE 15
Men’s Health Week is organised by the independent symptoms that may well develop into mental ill health charity the Men’s Health Forum, which aims to help men disorders. It also provides ongoing support to those who and boys by tackling inequalities and issues affecting are routinely exposed to potentially traumatic incidents. their health.
Defusing is a shortened version of debriefing, but is more This year the theme is “health and work”, looking at immediate in its application and therefore does not go as stress in the workplace. So how can MF&RS help to deep as debriefing does. The defusing will be conducted
reduce stress? The Critical Incident Stress Management by a Service-trained defusing officer and should always be (CISM) process in place is one option to support staff conducted on return from any critical incident. It offers wellbeing, with “Defusing” the first point of action in the opportunity for those involved to talk briefly about helping to minimise stress reactions. their experience with the aim of reducing any intense
reactions to the incident. Recognising symptoms in others can help us to help and support each other in future incidents.
EVERYDAY, ON A DAILY BASIS, FIREFIGHTERS DEAL WITH INCIDENTS BEYOND THE NORMAL RANGE OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE.
How does Defusing help reduce stress?
Defusing post incident helps identify those personnel who may be at risk and for those who present ongoing
Major incidents involving deaths, multiple, serious injuries the daily incidents they attend which, though significantly and so on, can be as distressing as some events that less intense, can be distressing.
firefighters have to deal with on a daily basis - it can be
Prolonged Duress Stress Disorder
(Repeated low intensity incidents) E.g Hanging, drowning, suicide, RTC.
With high or low intensity events, stress reactions can be similar. Research suggests that a number of people who succumb to traumatic stress reactions were already vulnerable at the time of the incident due to, for example, financial, health, relationship worries.
Domestic worries can impact our mental health and vulnerability to incidents which (particularly operational members) may be exposed to. Therefore, as well as the CISM process being in place within the work setting, we should all aim to take personal responsibility for our mental wellbeing outside of the workplace too. MF&RS will offer support for this though too. The Occupational Health Team and the Bridging Team are in place for extra assistance and also the Service Employee Assistance Programme is available to all Service employees and their immediate families.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(High Intensity Incidents)
E.g Multiple deaths, serious injuries, death of a child.
For any further information regarding the Critical Incident Stress Management process you can contact one of the CISM Co-ordinators at criticalincidentcoordinators@merseyfire.gov.uk, or alternatively see Service Instruction 0789.
For support from the Occupational Health Team, contact 0151 296 4917 or, alternatively, email occupationalhealthservices@merseyfire.gov.uk
For support from a Bridging Team Member, please email BillSanders@merseyfire.gov.uk
For support, information, expert advice or counselling for you or your immediate family, available 24/7, 365 days of the year, contact the Employee Assistance Programme on 0800 282 193.
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