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NFCC supports Every Mind Matters Campaign

08 October 2019

THE NATIONAL Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has committed to supporting a new campaign launched on 7th October which will run until 31st March 2020.

The Every Mind Matters campaign encourages people to take action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting self – care actions to tackle common problems and signposting to wider resources and services for those in greater need.

The campaign will integrate into and sit alongside other expert initiatives from a range of organisations such as Mind, Samaritans, Time to Change. The campaign compliments the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework.

It tackles a wide range of issues from low mood to information on trauma and advice for people who are supporting others with any mental health issues.

The campaign has an online web tool called Your Mind Plan which allows people to take a short test and get top tips for their own good mental health. You can create your plan on the Every Mind Matters Website. Just answer 5 questions about youir mental wellbeing for practical actions and advice to help you.

NFCC and mental health

NFCC Mental Health Lead, Mark Matthews is leading on this work as part of Strategic Health group which sits under NFCC’s Prevention Committee.

NFCC has committed to working with partners in mental health services, such as Public Health England to promote the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health which is underpinned by an understanding that taking a prevention-focussed approach to improving the public’s mental health is shown to make a valuable contribution to achieving a fairer and more equitable society. The work will also look to develop FRS understanding of mental health and how it impacts on increased fire risk.

Mark Matthews NFCC lead for mental health commented, “Everyone deserves good mental health and NFCC hope through our support of Every Mind Matters we empower people to not only look after their own mental health but to be better able to support those around them.  “

The Concordat is intended to provide a focus for cross-sector action including FRS to deliver a tangible increase in the adoption of public mental health approaches across local authorities, the NHS, public, private and VCSE sector organisations, educational settings and employers. It acknowledges the active role played by people with lived experience of mental health problems, individually and through user led organisations.