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Blue Light mental health programme shines on
The National MIND Blue Light Programme came to an end on March 31 this year concluding twelve months in which MFRS has worked closely with the charity to help staff experiencing psychological difficulties.
Merseyside Blue Light Mental Health Network has successfully bid for funding to continue this work next year, and will work alongside Wirral MIND to develop a programme of activities.
Throughout 2016 and 2017 the investment will help improve access to mental health information for all employees across emergency services and allow staff to receive training in mental health awareness to reduce discrimination and stigma.
In February, MIND asked members of the emergency services in England and Wales to complete an online poll about their mental health.
Over 1,600 blue light staff completed the poll with the findings significantly highlighting the need for continued support.
The survey showed that more than one in four people had contemplated taking their own lives due to stress and poor mental health while working for the emergency services.
Nearly two thirds had contemplated leaving their job or voluntary role because of stress or poor mental health.
And a staggering 62 per cent said they had experienced a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia while working or volunteering in their blue light role.
The Blue Light Information Line continues to be open to emergency service staff. If you need confidential support or advice for you or a colleague contact the MIND trained advisors on 0300 303 5999 or send a text to 8499.
You can also email bluelightinfo@mind.org.uk
For more information visit www.mind.org.uk/ourbluelight
FOCUSSING ON IBS
IBS awareness month took place earlier this year, highlighting a condition that affects up to 23 per cent of people worldwide.
However, many more people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms indicate a medically-recognized disorder.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder in which abdominal discomfort or pain is associated with a range of symptoms.
Typically, these include intermittent abdominal pain accompanied by diarrhoea, constipation, or alternating episodes of both.
Other key symptoms include bloating or swelling of the stomach, excessive flatulence and a change in bowel habits.
The most important first step in treating and managing symptoms is to see your doctor for a confident diagnosis of IBS.
For more information visit www.aboutibs.org
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