for better mental health

Mental health training for the emergency services

As emergency responders, we know that many of you have faced challenges to your mental health over the past year and you may be experiencing stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

To help support you, we are developing new training courses for you and your colleagues. You can find out more information on this page over the coming months.

All of our previous training from the Blue Light Programme 2015 to 2019 is currently paused due to coronavirus restrictions.

Image credit: London Ambulance Service

Image credit: London Ambulance Service

Training delivery

The Blue Light Programme will initially work with four local Minds to deliver training from June 2021 until January 2022. We hope to deliver a pilot of 64 training sessions to line managers and Blue Light Champions, who work to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding mental health in the emergency services.

After the pilot of this training, from January 2022, we want to ensure more Local Minds are able to deliver training so that we can support further staff and volunteers in the 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.

Image credit: Metropolitan Police

Image credit: Metropolitan Police

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