Air Ambulances UK CEO Simmy Akhtar was honoured to attend the Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium this week where HRH The Duke of Cambridge announced Blue Light Together, a new package of mental health support for the emergency services.

Simmy attended to support leaders and representatives of emergency services organisations across each of the home nations, including Dr John Chatterjee, Consultant, Anesthesia, Pre-Hospital Care, London’s Air Ambulance, as a landmark commitment of mental health support was agreed as part of the Blue Light Together package.

The package has seen The Royal Foundation working together with emergency services leaders and partner charities to change the workplace culture on mental health and provide specialist support to emergency responders and their families.  This tailored support includes: a mental health resource centre, and an important bespoke Mental Health at Work Commitment for the emergency services. The platform will complement Lifelines Scotland’s website, which provides support to the emergency responder community across Scotland. For more information visit Blue Light Together and the Royal Foundation.

Simmy said: “It was a real honour and privilege to attend The Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium to show our support and commitment to the incredibly important work that is being done to support the mental health and wellbeing of emergency service responders, and their families.  We are committed to working collaboratively and continuing change to improve the culture around mental health and want our colleagues to know that support is available to them”.