Blue Light Mental Health Networks

In 2016 to 17 we're piloting four Blue Light Mental Health Networks bringing together the learning we have gained across the four key programme areas (improving workplace wellbeing, building resilience, providing information and challenging stigma). This enables emergency service organisations within each selected area to collaborate and work together on applying our three-pronged approach to workplace wellbeing across their organisations.

Led by a local Mind, each network has investment available to support a programme of activity, designed to collectively improve access to mental health information and support for all employees across emergency services in that area. To ensure join-up with wider community mental health support, the networks have a dedicated coordinator, based within a local Mind, to facilitate cross-sector partnership activity.

Improving joint working and knowledge sharing

These facilitated networks will seek to enable greater joint working and knowledge sharing across services and sectors to improve mental health support pathways for blue light employees and volunteers; from prevention and early intervention through to recovery and rehabilitation.

So far programme activity in each of these areas has been tested individually, but the networks offer the opportunity to bring these different areas together to develop a holistic approach across emergency service organisations that could subsequently be replicated and adopted by other areas in the future. These networks will ultimately be funded by services going forward.

Our network locations

The 2016/17 Blue Light Mental Health Networks are being piloted by the following local Minds:

  • City and Hackney Mind (working in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Mind)
  • Peterborough and Fenland Mind (working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Mind)
  • Wirral Mind
  • Tyneside and Northumberland Mind

Merseyside Blue Light Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

Led by Wirral local Mind, this network will cover:

  • Liverpool
  • Wirral
  • Knowsley
  • St Helens
  • Sefton

Potential beneficiaries include:

  • North West Ambulance Service
  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue
  • Merseyside Police


Go to Wirral local Mind

The Inner London Blue Light Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

Lead by City and Hackney with Hammersmith and Fulham local Minds, covering:

  • Camden
  • City of London
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Islington
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Newham
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster

Potential beneficiaries include:

  • City Of London Police
  • The Metropolitan Police
  • London Ambulance Service
  • London Fire Brigade
  • South East London Search and Rescue
  • British Transport Police

Go to City and Hackney local Mind

Being part of the Blue Light Programme has made a huge difference. Before, I felt like one person, that I couldn’t change the world. Now I’m part of an organisation. It’s growing, and more people are getting interested. You’ve got a lot of individuals who were passionate about these issues beforehand, but now we are all linked by this programme. We are more of a force.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Blue Light Wellbeing Network

Led by Peterborough & Fenland Mind with Mind in Cambridgeshire, covering:

  • Peterborough
  • Fenland
  • Huntingdonshire
  • East Cambridgeshire
  • Cambridge City
  • South Cambridgeshire

Potential beneficiaries include:

  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
  • Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (camSAR)
  • East of England Ambulance Service
Go to Peterborough & Fenland Mind

Blue Light North East Network

Led by Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, covering:

  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle
  • North Tyneside
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland

Potential beneficiaries include:

  • Northumbria Police
  • Durham Constabulary
  • Northumberland Fire 
  • Tyne and Wear Fire
  • Durham and Darlington Fire
  • North East Ambulance Service
  • HM Coastguard / RNLI - SAR
Go to Tyneside local Mind

Register your interest in the networks

More information on the networks will be added to this page as it becomes available. If your organisation is based in the network areas and you would like to find out more then please email us letting us know which network area you are based in and the name of your organisation.

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