Blue Light webinars

Our independent research shows how important it is to look after your mental health if you work or volunteer for the emergency services. Our webinar films are available to watch at any time and include guidance, tips, some of our research findings and practical suggestions for looking after your mental wellbeing, as well as that of your colleagues or direct reports. Find out more about the films below.

Simply register once and you can watch all of the films at any time – just click on 'Watch the webinars' below. Please be aware that personal experiences of mental health problems are shared in these films, which could contain details that you may find distressing. If you need support you can contact our Blue Light Infoline or if you are in crisis, see our pages on urgent help.

We want to make sure our films are helpful to you and your colleagues so we would welcome your feedback. Please complete the short surveys before and after watching the webinars - all survey results are anonymous.

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Mental health awareness

Understand what a mental health problem is and how to recognise one. Discover practical ways to support colleagues and how to talk to someone with a mental health problem.

Emma Mamo, our Head of Workplace Wellbeing is joined in this film by Helen Roberts, a call handler from Avon and Somerset Police, who shares her experiences of anxiety and how she manages that anxiety at work.

Just listen. You don't even have to understand.

Looking after your mental health

We recognise there are lots of pressures at work and at home that can affect your mental health. In these webinars, Emma Mamo our Head of Workplace Wellbeing talks through what those pressures might be in your service or personal life, and suggests practical tips to follow to help maintain your wellbeing at home and at work.

Emma is joined by staff from some of the services who share their personal experiences of mental health problems. There are four different webinars available, tailored to the police, search and rescue, ambulance and fire services.

Image: West Midlands Police

Managing mental health at work

If you're a line manager or organisational leader, you can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of your direct reports and colleagues. In these webinars, Emma Mamo, our Head of Workplace Wellbeing, talks through a three stage approach to promoting positive mental health at work for line managers, provides practical tips to spot the signs that someone may be experiencing a mental health problem and gives guidance on how to approach a conversation with them.

Members of the ambulance, fire, search and rescue and police services share their personal stories in these films. Emma also talks through practical and low-cost tools you can use to help start positive conversations around mental health between you and your employees or colleagues.

There are four different webinars available, tailored to the police, search and rescue, ambulance and fire services.

Interested in learning more about managing mental health at work?

Our training course for line managers and team leaders is now available. Find out more here.

It’s really important to remember that whatever your response to a traumatic situation, it is your response and it is normal.

Thank you to our contributors

Emma is joined in these films by members of the emergency services who share their personal experiences, including:

  • Ambulance: Neil Hemingway, Paramedic, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Reverend Kevin Charles, Chaplain and Staff Support Lead, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Jo Bradshaw, Organisational Development Manager, East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Fire: Andrew Message, Watch Commander, Suffolk FRS, Jeremy Beard, Group Manager, West Sussex FRS and Peter O’Reilly, Chief, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
  • Police: Helen Roberts, Call Handler, Avon and Somerset Police, Edward Simpson, Sergeant, North Yorkshire Police, Dave J Stringer, Chief Superintendent, MPS, London, Wayne Goodwin, Inspector, Kent Police Service, Andrew Rhodes, Deputy Chief Constable, Lancashire, Commander Christine Jones, MPS, London, and Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset
  • Search and rescue: Ross Greenhill, Area Commander, HM Coastguard and Timothy Sullivan, Head of Standards and Technical Training, HM Coastguard.

We'd like to say a big thank you to all of the contributors for sharing their stories.

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