Tipton firefighters have paid tribute to a late friend and colleague who took his own life, by producing a mental health learning package for our staff.
And, on World Mental Health Day (Thurs 10 Oct), members of Blue Watch are remembering Firefighter Steve Bratt by releasing a short video urging people to recognise it’s OK to not be OK, and for those who may be experiencing poor mental health to have the confidence to seek help and guidance.The learning package for our staff and the video have been produced by the crews, with the support of Steve’s family, and are part of a project undertaken by Steve’s colleagues following his sudden death in April this year.
Tipton Blue Watch Commander Nicholas Brown said: "The sudden passing of Steve had a profound impact on his station colleagues, friends and of course his family, who have been immensely supportive of our work on this project.
It’s our hope that by sharing Steve’s story to promote awareness of suicide and mental health we can help others to recognise when they need support or can support others to prevent Steve’s situation happening to others".
Sarah Warnes, Assistant Chief Fire Officer said: “The project undertaken by Steve's colleagues underlines just how much he meant to them and what a profound effect his death continues to have. They should be proud of what they've achieved.
"Seeking help when you're affected by poor mental health can be difficult. We have a wide range of support services available to staff and the package produced in Steve's name is a very welcome addition. We hope that the video will also provide support to people outside of our organisation.”
If you feel things are getting too much, or someone you know may need some extra support, we’ve listed some great resources below that could help. Remember, you don’t have to be a firefighter to save a life.