Supporting the Emergency Services
Supporting the Emergency Services – Blue Light Programme
Anyone can experience mental health difficulties, but research shows that people who work in the emergency services carry a greater risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population. We believe that by raising awareness we can tackle the stigma surrounding mental health, and with this we can support and build resilience for frontline workers.
Training for Emergency Services
Our resilience courses are tailor-made for staff and volunteers in the emergency services: Police, Fire, Ambulance and Search and Rescue. They’re for you if you’re well and not experiencing a mental health problem.
During the course your staff and volunteers will learn ways to stay well while coping with the stresses and strains of everyday life, including the unique pressures that come with your role. It’s important to take care of your mental health.
Our line manager training courses focuses on how to manage mental health in the workplace. We are offering the half-day masterclass managing mental health at work to managers working in the emergency services.
71% of emergency services personnel surveyed by Mind feel that their organisation does not encourage them to talk about mental health. Line managers play a vital role in reducing stigma and encouraging staff to talk about their mental health problems.
Please email national Mind firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to a course facilitator if you are interested in booking one of these courses.
Blue Light Info Line
Call, email or text our Blue Light infoline if you need advice on your mental health. This service is specifically for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families. We can provide independent and confidential support, advice and signposting.
0300 303 3999 (local rates)
Text: 84999Campaign for change
Our anti-stigma campaign aims to raise awareness of mental health in the emergency services and encourage them to sign up to the Blue Light Time to Change Pledge to better support mental health in the workplace. As part of our campaign, we can offer guidance for employers to help improve the support available for their staff.
Everyone can get involved by showing their support by becoming a Blue Light Champion in your workplace visit http://mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/bluelight/ for more details. Following this link you will also have access to Blue Light webinairs. You can also get on board and show your support using you social media, spread the word using #mybluelight.