Lincolnshire Police signs deal to end mental health stigma and discrimination

Deputy Chief Constable Gary Knighton (second left) and Coun Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire at the Speaking Up, Speaking Out workshop event.
Deputy Chief Constable Gary Knighton (second left) and Coun Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire at the Speaking Up, Speaking Out workshop event.
  • Blue Light Time to Change pledge backed by Deputy Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner

Lincolnshire Police has joined other emergency services and associations in signing up to a campaign against mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

The Blue Light Programme promotes a better understanding of mental health problems, while offering support and well-being advice to their staff and volunteers.

At the signing ceremony on Friday, representatives from Lincolnshire Police were joined by staff from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and East Midlands Ambulance Service, all of whom were at a “Speaking Up, Speaking Out” event.

After signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Coun Marc Jones said, “The welfare and well-being of officers is central to my plans.

“Police officers and staff can only take care of the public if they and fit and well, so I wholeheartedly support this pledge and the action plan that underpins it”.

Deputy Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “We are really pleased to be able to work with (mental health charity) Mind and we are committed to ending the stigma of mental ill health for our staff.

Coun Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire.  Photo by John Aron.

Coun Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire. Photo by John Aron.

“We are working hard within the organisation to support well-being for all of our people and signing the pledge is our way of showing our commitment to this aim.”

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: “Good mental health should be a priority in any workplace.

“But it is especially important that people exposed to traumatic or life-threatening situations, such as those working within the police, ambulance, fire and and rescue services, receive appropriate support.

“By signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge, Lincolnshire Police is helping to fight stigma and promote positive mental health in emergency services.”

I am pleased to sign the Mind Blue Light Time to Change pledge as the welfare and well-being of officers is central to my plans

Coun Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire