Why do we need Blue Light Champions?
Blue Light Champions are essential in challenging stigma and increasing understanding of mental health in the emergency services.
We all have mental health just as we have physical health. We know that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. But our independent research shows that the estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to get support. In an independent survey commissioned by Mind of 671 Blue Light personnel, 96% said that people with a mental health problem experience stigma and discrimination.
The Blue Light team at Mind supports Champions by providing them with resources for the workplace, support in carrying out the role, and workshops.
I loved my job and that was the frustrating thing; I couldn’t tell anyone because of the stigma at work. For many people, if you’ve got depression, anxiety or stress then you’re weak, you’re a ‘sicknote’, everyone gets stressed and tired, that sort of thing. Zoe, police