In 2016 to 17 we piloted four Blue Light Mental Health Networks bringing together the learning we had gained across the four key programme areas (improving workplace wellbeing, building resilience, providing information and challenging stigma). This enables emergency service organisations within each selected area to collaborate and work together on applying our three-pronged approach to workplace wellbeing across their organisations.
Led by a local Mind, each network had investment available to support a programme of activity, designed to collectively improve access to mental health information and support for all employees across emergency services in that area. To ensure join-up with wider community mental health support, the networks had a dedicated coordinator, based within a local Mind, to facilitate cross-sector partnership activity.
We are introducing the same model and conducting two pilot Blue Light Mental Health Networks in Wales in 2017 to 18.