Our emergency services save lives every day. Managing their mental health matters. Our research shows blue light teams will always need support with their mental health, because of the pressures they face in their roles. Access our targeted support for staff, volunteers and employers across ambulance, fire, police, and search and rescue teams here.
Liz, Vicky, John and Darren share how Mind's blue light support has impacted them and their colleagues, and why support for mental health in the emergency services needs to continue.
Over four years, we worked with stakeholders and partners across the sector, helping to change views on mental health and improve support.
From 2015 to 2019, thousands of people who dedicate their lives to saving others received information, resources or training, or accessed support, through the Blue Light Programme and our network of local Minds. Our research shows it helped to make a real difference.
We compiled learnings and key recommendations from the Blue Light Programme into a single report, 'Wellbeing and mental health in the emergency services'.
You can play a crucial role in challenging stigma and ensuring your colleagues are supported with their mental health and wellbeing.
Help keep your staff and volunteers well for work by giving them the mental health and wellbeing support that they need, with our resources, the support of local Minds and the support of our partners.
If you're struggling, you're not alone. Emergency services staff and volunteers are more likely to experience a mental health problem than most people, but less likely to seek support.
Our research shows excessive workloads, traumatic incidents and management pressures can all affect your mental health at work, or make existing problems worse.
Need advice on your mental health or wellbeing? Call, email or text our Infoline. Our advisors are trained in supporting emergency services staff, volunteers and their families. They provide understanding, information and signposting to local support services.
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Our information and webinar films have been designed to support staff and volunteers from the emergency services with their mental health.
Learn more about topics like mental wellbeing, stress and anxiety, seeking help for a mental health problem, supporting a colleague with a mental health problem, or a family or friend member, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Our training has been developed especially for the emergency services workforce. It can help you to manage your own and others' mental health at work, build resilience, and support team-mates after traumatic incidents.
Through our Blue Light Programme, we've learned a lot about how to support and manage the mental health and wellbeing of blue light staff and volunteers. All our research and evaluation is available to guide you in planning mental health and wellbeing support.
Much like our 999 teams, our emergency department (ED) staff save lives every day, facing traumatic situations regularly - their mental health matters.
Our 'Taking Care Of You' campaign was aimed at emergency department staff. You can read our key messages, recommendations and access some tools and tips here.
Our research partner, Revealing Reality conducted an initial scoping exercise to better understand the specific pressures or problems that cause poor mental health in the ED and what kinds of intervention would (or wouldn't) work – you can read their findings here.
We also asked them to conduct an evaluation of our campaign – read Revealing Reality's full report here.