Blue Light Champions

Champions have been a core part of the Blue Light Programme. Nearly 3,000 of you have courageously spoken out about mental health, helping to change the way it’s seen within emergency services. We’re incredibly grateful for all that we've acheived together.

Mind will always be here for team 999. But the way we’ll work with emergnecy services will change from April as our Blue Light Programme funding comes to an end.

You will no longer be able to sign up with us as a Champion online. We encourage you to get in contact with your service’s pledge lead or team leader to continue championing mental health.

Emergency services will still be able to access our information (including for Champions), training, resources and confidential Infoline, alongside all of the information and support offered by Mind, Time to Change and our local Mind network.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be updating the information on this page. If you have any questions please get in touch on [email protected].  

How can I stay engaged with Mind?

Mind offers a number of ways to keep engaged and opprtunities to continue championing mental health: 

  • Could your dedication to better mental health and Mind continue as a Mind Member? Our members give a voice to the millions of people in England and Wales who live with mental health problems – by pushing for change, sharing their experiences and helping to shape mental health services.Visit our memberships page to find out more.
  • Become a Mind campaigner. Campaigners are involved in a range of activities like lobbying your MP, sharing information about Mind campaigns and building pressure for change in your local area. Find out more about becoming a Mind campaigner.
  • Sign up to Mind’s bi-monthly [email protected] emails, for all your news on workplace wellbeing. Sign up here.
  • Download our free Blue Light Programme Blueprint Pack, for step-by-step guidance on how to set up or embed activity around mental health into their service. Find out more here.
  • Check out our Mental Health Gateway, which provides workplace wellbeing advice for people from all sectors. Find out more here.
  • Get in contact with your local Mind. Our network of around 135 local Minds are also there to support all people in their local area, including members of the emergency services. Each local Mind is unique and tailors services to match their community. You can find out more about your local Mind here.
  • Become a Time to Change Champion. Visit Time to Change or Time to Change Wales.

 

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.

Blue Light Champions toolkit

We’ve put together a toolkit to support you on your journey as a Blue Light Champion. In this section you'll find:

  • a role description
  • an activity guide on organising meetings and events
  • suggestions for getting people involved, including how to get organisational buy-in
  • information on maintaining boundaries and managing conversations about mental health.

 

Access the toolkit

Free Speaking Up, Speaking Out workshop materials

Run our Speaking Up Speaking Out workshop in your service and help to change the way we all think and act when it comes to mental health in the emergency services. Download our free workshop materials here.

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Peer support

We've developed a whole set of resources to help you in your peer support work. Whether you're starting from scratch, or want to build on what you already do, our resources can help.

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Blue Light Infoline

Get confidential support and signposting

> Find out more

Research reports

Use our learning to benefit team 999 mental health

> Download now

Resources

Access our films, case studies and more

> Access now