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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About us - creating lasting change

Mind launched the Blue Light Programme in March 2015. We received more LIBOR funding to continue providing this vital support for a third year in England and launch in Wales from April 2017.

We know that the emergency services need independent and specialist support with their mental health to continue long-term. Find out more about our visions and goals for our third year here. Together we can create lasting change in the emergency services.

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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.

  • 0300 303 5999 (local rates)
  • bluelightinfo@mind.org.uk
  • Text: 84999
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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
  • register for our peer network events
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Managing mental health in the emergency services training course

Our newly named and redeveloped Managing mental health in the emergency services half-day training course is now available to book.

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 booklets

Our booklets are designed to support staff and volunteers from the emergency services with their mental health. You can read them here online as well as ordering printed booklets to be delivered to your organisation.

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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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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.

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Get involved

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.

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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Blue Light Mental Health Networks

We piloted four Blue Light Mental Health Networks with the help of four of our local Minds in 2016 to 17.

These brought together different elements of the support we offered in our first year and our learning from this.

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Share what you're doing

Would you like to share what you're doing in your service to promote better mental health? Or how the the Blue Light Programme has helped you or someone you care about?

We want to hear what you're doing so we can share good practice, ideas and positive impact with others in the emergency services through our website, e-news or social media.

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Contact us

Got a question about the Blue Light Programme? Contact us with any general enquiries on bluelight@mind.org.uk.

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

Events

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.

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Twitter

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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Resources

Access films, email banners and more

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