We know that emergency responders have faced additional challenges to their mental health as a result of the pandemic. Together with the emergency services community we will make sure that emergency responders have access to high quality mental health resources and training.
Our Blue Light Programme will help deal with the mental health crisis in emergency responders by providing information and support throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. It will run for one year until February 2022 and will build on our existing Blue Light work.
Funded by the Royal Foundation, we will work with the emergency services community, including The Ambulance Staff Charity, Police Care UK and The Fire Fighters Charity to ensure emergency responders have access to high quality mental health resources and training for emergency responders to challenge stigma and improve their wellbeing.
Our Blue Light Programme will also work with emergency responders to challenge media and public attitudes about the work of emergency responders during the pandemic.
Together with the emergency services community, we will:
Mind will always be committed to ensuring emergency responders get support and respect when it comes to their mental health. Beyond the funding of this phase of the Blue Light programme, we will continue to support emergency services, the professional and sector bodies that support them, emergency services charities and policy makers, through our wider workplace wellbeing information and services.
We've listened to the experiences of emergency responders and how the pandemic has affected their mental health. The experiences shared will offer key recommendations for employers when planning mental health and wellbeing support and are helping us to develop new resources to support emergency responders now and into the future.
The Blue Light Programme is funded by the Royal Foundation. The Foundation have a long history of raising awareness of mental health and have played a leading role in supporting the emergency services.
During these four years, we worked with partners to deliver an ambitious and comprehensive programme of activity aimed at reducing stigma, promoting wellbeing and improving mental health support for those working or volunteering in ambulance, fire, police, and search and rescue services.
Thousands of staff and volunteers across the emergency services actively challenged stigma, learned more about mental health and made positive changes in their approach to supporting the wellbeing of themselves and others.
Our end-of-programme survey in 2019 showed a range of positive, crucial changes to how mental health is seen within the emergency services.
We'll be sharing information about how staff, volunteers and employers in the emergency services can get involved in the programme via our monthly newsletter. If you'd like to subscribe, raise a query or share feedback about the programme, please contact us at [email protected]