Blue Light Information

This information is designed to support staff and volunteers from the emergency services with their mental health.

Our booklets on mental wellbeing, stress and anxiety, seeking help for a mental health problem, supporting a colleague with a mental health problem and supporting a friend or family member are now available for you to view below. You can also order packs of printed booklets through the Mind shop.

You can also access our information on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and our webinar films on workplace wellbeing below.

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Mental wellbeing

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing, and you need to maintain both in order to stay fit and healthy.

These booklets explain how to manage your mental wellbeing, including how to build resilience and where to go for support. Read more

I think we do a good job most of the time looking after the public, but we don’t always look after ourselves to the same level.

Our information booklet 'Managing mental welbeing' is now also available in Welsh for Fire, Ambulance, Police and Search and Rescue staff.

Stress and anxiety

If you work or volunteer in the emergency services, it's natural to find yourself feeling stressed or anxious. But if you become overwhelmed by these feelings often, this could start to seriously affect your health.  

These booklets explain how to manage stress and anxiety, including information on panic attacks and where to go for support. Read more

[Y]ou go to nasty jobs and you try and leave it behind. But you’ve got your own stresses on top of that... it makes the job extremely hard, and sometimes too hard to do.

Seeking help for a mental health problem

If you experience a mental health problem, seeking help for it can be a really important step towards getting and staying well.

These booklets explain how to take the first steps, make empowered decisions and get the right support for you, including information on seeking help outside the NHS. Read more

I always felt like I had to stay strong... but that was the worst thing I could do, really, because everyone’s got their limit, and I had reached mine.

Supporting a colleague with a mental health problem

Anyone can experience a mental health problem, so being able to talk about it is important to us all. And you don’t need to be an expert on mental health. Often, small everyday actions can make the biggest difference.

These booklets explain simple ways you can show support for a colleague experiencing a mental health problem. Read more

When I’ve had problems with my mental health or wellbeing, the most helpful thing has been the team's acceptance of me.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Emergency services staff and volunteers are routinely exposed to distressing and traumatic incidents, as well as having demanding workload pressures. As a result, they are more at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the general population.

You might find our information pages about PTSD helpful if you work or volunteer in the emergency services, or if you’re a friend or family member of someone who does.

You are not alone. Speak to someone you trust and share your feelings. This often helps you feel better and find a way forward. There are lots of support networks out there with people who have been in very similar positions, waiting to listen and help.

For friends and family: how to look after someone's mental wellbeing

Our research shows that emergency services personnel are particularly at risk of developing a mental health problem.

This is a guide for friends and family members of those who work or volunteer in the emergency services, to help you support the mental wellbeing of someone you care about. Read more

I try to remain 'professional' but that means my daughter and private life suffer for it.

Blue Light webinar films

Learn to recognise what mental health problems are as well as practical ways you can look after your mental health. If you’re a line manager, find out how to better manage the mental health of your staff and volunteers too.

With films designed for each of the services, the webinars share the experience, best practice and personal stories of real staff and volunteers working in your service.

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Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

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Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems

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