South Yorkshire firefighters to benefit from more mental health support

Firefighters across South Yorkshire will soon be able to access peer support workers and a 24/7 phone counselling service, as the county's fire brigade announces more mental health support for staff.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue's hoping to provide more help, tackle stigmas, and change the culture around mental illness.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Alex Johnson, said: “Mental health has never had a higher profile nationally, but it’s a particularly important issue when talking about 999 staff who deal with traumatic incidents almost every day.

“We already offered lots of support to our staff, but it’s only right that we look to continually review and update the support we offer, adopting learning from other sectors and making our organisation the best it can possibly be as a place of work.”

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