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Mental health training for the emergency services

We know that many of you may face challenges to your mental health. Exposure to incidents, work-life balance, and difficulties in your personal lives can all have an impact.

To help support you, we developed a range of training courses for you and your colleagues.

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Training delivery

In response to the pandemic we developed Covid-19 Trauma training courses for mental health champions and line managers. We worked with five local Minds across England and Wales to deliver over 60 funded training sessions to more than 650 emergency responders between August 2021 until March 2022.

The funding of the pilot has concluded but we are hoping that local Minds will continue delivering training to more emergency services.

Our previous courses

As part of the programme between 2015 and 2019, we ran tailored training sessions for staff and volunteers in the emergency services. All courses were evidence‐based, covering a range of topics surrounding mental health and were developed for each emergency service.

The courses were:

  • Managing mental health in the emergency services
  • 999 call handler training
  • New recruits training
  • Peer support training
  • Building resilience in the emergency services
  • Blue Light trauma awareness.

To find out about the impact these courses had on Blue Light staff and volunteers, you can find the evaluations of our training courses here.

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