Constabulary to support mental health torch relay Date published: 25th April 2017 9.28am

Officers and staff from Cheshire Constabulary will be taking part in a 26.2 mile walk to help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing within the emergency services.

The national Our Blue Light Mental Health Torch Relay will launch in Blackpool on Saturday, 29 April.

The torch will travel around the country and is due to be handed over from Merseyside Tunnel Police to Cheshire Constabulary on Sunday, May 7.

On Saturday, May 13 officers and staff from Cheshire will carry the torch from Chester Police Station to Warrington Ambulance Station to help raise awareness of the charities Mind and Heads Together.

This date coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 8 to 14.

The relay finishes back at Blackpool on September 23 with a Charity Ball at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Our Blue Light aims to improve the mental health, wellbeing and working life of emergency and essential services including police, fire, ambulance, search and rescue, prison service and the NHS.

Cheshire Constabulary senior HR manager Jo Jones will be taking part in the walk.

She said: “The key aim of Our Blue Light Mental Health Torch Relay is to get our colleagues and the public talking about mental health.

“We want to continue to challenge the stigma around mental health and create healthy workplaces across the country where people know that it’s ok to talk about how they feel.

“The walk itself will be a big challenge, but we are really looking forward to it and have a team of people who are committed to raising awareness for these wonderful causes.”

Cheshire Constabulary Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick added: “As a Force we are in full support of the Our Blue Light Mental Health Torch Relay.

“It’s vitally important that we give our officers and staff space to talk about their issues to help prevent the build up of any mental health problems.

“Events like this help to get people talking and highlight the fact that there is plenty of support available for anyone who has concerns about mental health.

“I wish everyone involved in the relay across the country the best of luck.”

For more information about Our Blue Light visit www.ourbluelight.com/mentalhealthrelay