"On Time to Talk Day, 2nd February 2017, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) signed the Blue Light Time to Change pledge.
"Signing the pledge is a proud moment and milestone for our service and is part of our ongoing commitment to develop, support and extend our health and wellbeing activity for everyone at GMFRS.
"From the very nature of our roles, responsibilities and inherent desire to support others as a service, at some point everyone will be affected in some way by the positive and negative impact of mental wellness and mental illness.
"We have worked hard to tackle both the stigma and the support to improve mental ill health. We have recruited Mind Blue Light Champions, shared peer stories about colleague’s own personal experiences of living with mental ill health, improved access to psychological support in the service and focused on mental health awareness in our training and development programmes.
But there is more to do - and we will do more.
"By signing the pledge and making that visible, demonstrable commitment we are – together as a service – reaffirming that we want to do all we can in challenging and removing the stigma that mental ill health can bring. Always remember, it’s ok to talk, its ok not to be ok and it’s definitely ok to ask for help."
The Health and Wellbeing team
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service