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'Our Blue Light' mental health torch relay

Date : 20 August 2019

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue and other local organisations are getting together to raise awareness of mental health. 

The ‘Our Blue Light’ mental health torch relay is back for 2019.  The torch, the ‘Symbol of Hope’ is being passed around the country to different emergency and essential services, including the Blue Light network.

The torch arrived at Lewes Fire Station on 14th August.  The torch was handed over to us by Surrey Fire & Rescue’s Billy Stanton who is the Health Fitness and Wellbeing Lead.   

Billy Stanton passed the torch over to Lewes Green Watch Watch Manager Andy Watson.  Andy is one of East Sussex Fire and Rescue's TRiM Practitioners.

Proactive peer led psychological risk assessment 

TRiM is a proactive peer led psychological risk assessment system that operates through practitioners like Andy Watson.  It aims to promote the recognition of the psychological impacts that our operational crews can face and help them to understand and accept what is a human response to traumatic incidents.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue has 21 TRiM Managers and 56 TRiM Practitioners who provide this essential support in helping operational staff to remain resilient when faced with traumatic events.

The torch then travelled over to Headquarters and was passed to Group Manager Matt Lloyd, co-Chair of the Healthy Mind/Healthy Body Group and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark O’Brien as Chair of the Health Safety & Wellbeing Committee.  They are currently championing the development of a range of wellbeing initiatives across the Service. 

Further information

For further information on Our Blue Light click here: https://www.ourbluelight.com/

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