Here at APD Communications, we launched International Control Room Week. We are a technology business that develops software and infrastructure for the emergency services, and in particular its control rooms. Our admiration and appreciation for the emergency services is unquantifiable – working closely with the services, we understand the live-changing situations its staff face daily.
Creating the International Control Room Week is just a small way to show support and highlight the great work you all do.
Not only that, we have pledged to donate £1 to Mind every time #UnsungHeroes is used across social media and in the press during 22 – 28 October 2018. We’ve pledged our support to create a strong and positive legacy of the International Control Room Week.
We have chosen Mind, as the charity to support throughout International Control Room Week as we know that Mental Health has such an impact on the emergency services.
With over nine in ten workers experiencing stress, low mood and poor mental health at some point while working for the emergency services. The challenging nature of the job, with its unique pressures puts staff at greater risk.
The Blue Light Programme set up by Mind is offering help and support to all emergency services workers.
Figures also show that Control rooms across the UK are dealing with record levels of phone calls on mental health.
Britain’s biggest police force, the Metropolitan received a phone call relating to mental health every five minutes last year. Volumes have grown by nearly a third since 2011-12, according to data released under freedom of information legislation, and officers fear the demand for help from the public will continue to increase.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Because of Mind, millions of people have access to free advice and support and this is something that we believe will help reduce the demand on the emergency services.