A Blue Light champion is an employee or volunteer who takes action in the workplace to raise awareness of mental health problems. They challenge the way people think and act about mental health.
Anyone working in the police, fire, ambulance or search and rescue services could be a mental health champion, whether or not you have personal experience of mental health problems.
You can find out more about becoming a Champion in our toolkits and by speaking to your Blue Light lead in your organisation, if you have one.
We have some resources below to help you set up a network, or advocate for better mental health.
If you would like to become a Blue Light lead or know how to embed best practice in delivering mental health support in your service, our Blue Light Programme Toolkit will help.
On this page, you can find:
Whether you want to become a champion, or are interested in starting a champions programme in your organisation, we have resources to help you. We'll also be sharing a new toolkit here for Blue Light Champions from April 2021.
We've developed a workshop to support champions to talk about their own mental health, identify ways to support themselves and hear from other Champions who have shared their experiences. The workshop is designed to be delivered to champions, and led by either a fellow champion or facilitator.
Download the materials
Our research shows that emergency services staff and volunteers really value peer support in managing their mental health. We've developed these resources to help you set up or build on existing peer support networks within your organisation.
You can also find out more about how we're developing peer support training for our Blue Light Champions.
You could display posters around your organisation and give a top-tips card to your team members to promote better mental health in your workplace.
Download our service-specific information booklets to help you learn more about managing mental health in the emergency services, or supporting a colleague to seek help.
Our webinar films include practical practical tips and suggestions for looking after your own mental wellbeing, as well as your colleagues.
Some other ways you can help to support mental health in your service include: