We received more Libor funding in November 2016 to enable the programme to continue until March 2018. The funding will enable us to continue delivering the programme for 999 staff and volunteers in England, in partnership with the emergency services themselves, but will also enable this much-needed support to be made available in Wales from early 2017.
The funding will also enable us to:
- extend our local Blue Light Mental Health Networks to provide targeted support for 999 call-handlers, to support staff welfare and develop their mental health skills across England and Wales
- scope the needs and options for delivering mental health and wellbeing support to accident and emergency (A&E) workers within England and Wales including doctors, consultants, nurses and security staff. We will build on A&E research by organisations including ESRO and make recommendations for service delivery in this emergency service workplace
- develop and deliver mental health support within the learning and development pathway of new recruits within England and Wales
- continue working together closely with local Minds to develop local networks and deliver mental health support to 999 services across England and Wales
- research how the Blue Light Programme can potentially impact on the way emergency service employees and volunteers interact with members of the public.
Stakeholders from across the four emergency services in England and Wales, local Mind programme partners and people with lived experience of mental health problems have been consulted and engaged in the development plans for this work, which build on our current activity for 2016 to 17.