Blue Light Programme - our support for team 999 is changing

Our Blue Light Programme supports ambulance, fire, police and search and rescue teams across England and Wales.

Mind will always be here for team 999. But the way we’ll work in the sector will change from April 2019, as our Blue Light Programme funding comes to an end.

Make sure you're up to date with what's changing now.

What you need to know

Sign up for [email protected]

Blue Light Programme email updates, including our monthly e-news, will come to an end in March 2019. 

Why not sign up to our regular [email protected] e-news instead? We share tips on staying well at work, updates from employers across different sectors and news from Mind on our workplace support.

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Team 999 need support from day one

The start of any new job can be tough. But new recruits in our emergency services are facing traumatic situations for the first time. Their mental health matters from day one.

Our research shows why mental health is so important from the start and throughout someone’s 999 career.

Access all of our research and evaluation reports here.

  • Share our two-page summary
  • Download the detailed report
  • Take our 10 actions for better 999 mental health
Get the reports

Our free Blueprint Pack for 999 employers

Every employer depends on having a healthy and productive workforce. But across the UK mental health problems are the leading cause of sickness absence.

Use our step-by-step guide for 999 employers to deliver lasting Blue Light Programme activity in your service. Support staff now and into the future.

  • build the case for support internally
  • benefit from our tested approach
  • work together with local Minds and other local services
Download the pack now

Blue Light Infoline

Need advice on your mental health or wellbeing? Call, email or text our confidential Blue Light Infoline; just for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families. Our trained advisors provide understanding, information and signposting to local support services.

Use our free resources to promote the Infoline where you work.

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Local Mind support

Our local Mind network are essential to delivering blue light support across England and Wales. Some of our local Minds are offering free face-to-face support to staff and volunteers from emergency services until March 2019. They're also offering free workshops on peer support and trauma awareness. See what Blue Light Programme activity local Minds are delivering and how you can get involved.

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Sign the Blue Light Time to Change pledge

Keep your staff and colleagues well for work - there are lots of ways you can fight stigma and make positive changes to improve mental health in your workplace. 

  • commit to the Blue Light Time to Change pledge
  • develop a pledge action plan
  • see who else has signed
Find out more

Training courses

Book our Managing mental health in the emergency services half-day training course now.

71% of emergency services staff and volunteers surveyed by Mind feel that their organisation does not encourage them to talk about mental health. Line managers and team leaders can play a vital role in reducing stigma and encouraging staff to talk about their mental health problems.

Find out more about our Building Resilience in the Emergency Services course here too.

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Blue Light Information

Our information and webinar films are designed to support staff and volunteers from the emergency services with their mental health.

Learn more about:

  • mental wellbeing
  • stress and anxiety
  • seeking help for a mental health problem
  • supporting a colleague with a mental health problem
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and
  • supporting someone as a friend or family member.

Image: Gareth Noyes.

  • Read information online.
  • Order printed booklets.
  • Watch our webinar films.
Access now

Blue Light Champions

A workplace mental health champion is an employee or volunteer, who takes action in the workplace to raise awareness of mental health problems and challenges the way people think act about mental health. Since 2015, over 2800 emergency service personnel across England and Wales have shown commitment to change by signing up to become Blue Light Champions. 

Blue Light Champions can be members of the ambulance, fire, search and rescue or police services working in England or Wales.

Find out more about being a Blue Light Champion, and access resources and information to support you in your role.

Get involved

Support for search and rescue teams

Search and rescue volunteers occupy a unique position within the emergency services.

Check out our targeted search and rescue resources and start challenging mental health stigma today.

  • Order your free action pack.
  • Download booklets, posters and more.
  • Read case studies from members of SAR teams.
Find out more

Contact us

Got a question about the Blue Light Programme? Contact us with any general enquiries on [email protected].

We're not able to offer support through this email - if you need support, please contact the Infoline.

Events

There are lots of opportunities throughout the year for you to do something in your workplace and get involved in events that promote better mental health.

Find out more about upcoming events

Twitter

We'll be sharing updates on Twitter @MindBlueLight until the 31st March 2019. After that, why not follow @MindCharity or @MindCymru for all your mental health news?

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Blue Light Infoline

Get confidential support and signposting

> Find out more

Research reports

Use our learning to benefit team 999 mental health

> Download now

Resources

Access our films, case studies and more

> Access now