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WELLBEING was at the forefront of conversation as GMFRS dedicated a week to mental health awareness.
Colleagues from all over the Service have committed themselves to promoting various facilities and schemes that are available to anyone who might be struggling.
Kick-starting the good energy, Firefighter Wayne Norris from Leigh Community Fire Station hit the gym on Friday January 27 and spent a gruelling twelve hours on a treadmill in full fire gear and breathing apparatus.
Wayne said: “I’m raising money for Mind, Mind Blue Light and The Fire Fighters Charity, and in June will again be taking on Mind Hike and trekking 40 miles.”
On Thursday February 2, GMFRS celebrated Time to Talk day with a number of events.
In the morning Assistant County Fire Officer (ACFO) Geoff Harris, Sheni Ravji-Smith, the GMFRS lead on Wellbeing and Fire Brigades Union Brigade Secretary and Firefighter Gary Keary all signed a Blue Light Mind pledge.
The pledge was a display of commitment to help those who experience mental health problems at work.
Firefighter Jonny Ward, who talks openly about his own battles with mental health, spoke about working with the health and wellbeing team for several months prior to the signing.
You can read more about the pledge HERE.
Throughout the week GMFRS Health and Wellbeing team used Workplace Facebook to encourage colleagues to get involved with conversations, with a different theme being used each day.