"It's a sign of how well they have been implemented and supported by senior management. Our HR department, who instigated the Wellbeing Agenda and involvement with the Blue Light Programme, received backing for the approach from the very beginning, including the support of the Police and Crime Commission (PPC).
Service personnel are kept informed of all developments and are regularly consulted and this has meant that new initiatives are able to be fully embedded at all levels throughout the service.
The Blue Light Pledge Action Plan is seen as a live document that is under continual review.
We are cautious, however, not to become complacent. Our hope is to generate more conversations around mental health and wellbeing and enable all service personnel to feel more able to come forward and speak out about their mental health.
The positive feedback we have received so far we hope signals the start of a cultural shift throughout the service towards mental health and wellbeing.
Indeed each training course or event held has led to more personnel coming forward to volunteer to speak out about their own mental health issues or to pilot new schemes to address the needs of those with mental health issues."