Mental Health Awareness Week – Day Four

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Today is International Day Against Homophobia and todays blog article will look into mental health support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ). Typically LGBTQ people can be at a higher risk of experiencing mental health issues for reasons that are not yet known to researchers.

Today we unveil our new Pride fire engine that represents diversity and the promotion of value and respect for any of our workforce or those in our communities that are LGBTQ+. Why is Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service talking about IDAHO Day and why have we designed a special Pride pump?

Taking part in IDAHO Day and LGBT events around the county provide an opportunity for the Service to focus on and talk about LGBT staff, volunteers and communities. Lancashire is a county rich in culture and diversity which is celebrated inside and outside the organisation which creates the best practices for us to operate as a Fire and Rescue Service. Differences need to be celebrated and value and respect shown towards others. Lancashire is committed to ensuring that individuals and communities across the county, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, remain safe and feel able to engage with the Service.

The number of staff who are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace is slowly increasing and this is important because when staff can be themselves at work they are more productive, engaged and are more likely to make a contribution. In an environment where respect for the individual is guaranteed and people can be open and honest about themselves, talent can be released to the greatest effect.

Taking part in IDAHO day is important and marks an important step in the LGBT calendar of events for 2018. Staff are coming together to pull the Pride Fire Engine 7.5 miles along Blackpool promenade to raise awareness for The Firefighter’s Charity and two LGBT charities, Out in the Bay and George House Trust. This actively promotes inclusion and support amongst crews and staff. Come and show your support if you can, it’s a lovely day for it!

The next stop on our Pride tour will be Lancaster Pride on Saturday 19 May!