Blue Light Programme - support for emergency services

Our independent research shows that members of the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to seek support.

Mind is delivering the Blue Light Programme to provide mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from ambulance, fire, police and search and rescue services across England and Wales. 

Thousands of staff and volunteers across these services have actively challenged mental health stigma, learnt more about mental health and made positive changes in their approach to wellbeing with the support of the Blue Light Programme so far.

Access our training, information and mental health support for both services and individuals below.

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Take our 999 mental health survey

We want to understand the current experiences of staff and volunteers within ambulance, fire, police and search rescue services, across England and Wales.

Our survey on mental health in the emergency services is open now until the 17th January 2019.

Share your views

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.

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

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 Programme support across England and Wales.

Some of our local Minds are now offering free face-to-face support to staff and volunteers from emergency services. 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 here.

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Managing mental health in the emergency services training course

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.

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Blue Light Information

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

Read it here online or order some topics as printed booklets. 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.
Find out more

Become a Blue Light Champion

A Blue Light Champion is an employee or volunteer in the emergency services, who takes action in the workplace to raise awareness of mental health problems and challenge mental health stigma. 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 Champion, sign up as a Champion or access resources and support in your existing Champion role here.

Get involved

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
  • register for our peer network events
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Peer support resources

Peer support benefits everyone; it is when people use their own experiences to help each other.

We’ve put together a set of resources to help emergency services set up or build on their existing peer support networks.

Image: Gareth Noyes.

  • Presentation on peer support benefits.
  • Top tips from peer supporters.
  • Peer support toolkit and more.
Download resources

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.

Watch the webinars

Take our resilience course

Our resilience courses are tailor-made for staff and volunteers in the emergency services. They’re for you if you’re well and not experiencing a mental health problem.

During the course your staff and volunteers will learn ways to stay well while coping with the stresses and strains of everyday life, including the unique pressures that come with your role. It’s important to take care of your mental health.

Image: West Midlands Police

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.

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Take care this festive season

We know that the festive season can be a really busy and stressful time for emergency service staff and volunteers.

Don't forget to take what time you can to look after yourself and your team-mates this festive season.

Tips and support

About us - creating lasting change

Our emergency services save lives every day. Their mental health matters. 

We're now in our fourth year, working together with emergency services across England and Wales.

See how you can get involved in year four of the programme here. Together we can create lasting change when it comes to mental health in the emergency services.

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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.


There are lots of opportunities for you do something in your workplace and get involved in events that promote better mental health. These might be Blue Light specific events or events being run by other organisations.

Find out more about upcoming events


Follow the Blue Light Programme on Twitter now @MindBlueLight and use #mybluelight to join in the conversations.

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Blue Light Infoline

Get confidential support and signposting

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Blue Light updates

Register to get the latest Blue Light Programme news

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Access our research, films, supporting logos and more

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