Blue Light Mental Health Networks

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.

Improving joint working and knowledge sharing

These facilitated networks aimed to enable greater joint working and knowledge sharing across services and sectors to improve mental health support pathways for blue light employees and volunteers; from prevention and early intervention through to recovery and rehabilitation.

Programme activity in each of these areas had previously been tested individually, but the networks offered the opportunity to bring these different areas together to develop a holistic approach across emergency service organisations that could subsequently be replicated and adopted by other areas in the future. These networks will ultimately be funded by services going forward.

Our network locations

The 2016 to 17 Blue Light Mental Health Networks were piloted by the following local Minds:

  • Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest (working in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Mind)
  • Peterborough and Fenland Mind (working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Mind)
  • Wirral Mind
  • Tyneside and Northumberland Mind

Merseyside Blue Light Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

Led by Wirral local Mind, this network covered:

  • Liverpool
  • Wirral
  • Knowsley
  • St Helens
  • Sefton.

Beneficiaries included:

  • North West Ambulance Service
  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue
  • Merseyside Police
  • St John Ambulance.


Go to Wirral local Mind

The Inner London Blue Light Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

Led by Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest with Hammersmith and Fulham local Minds, this network covered all London boroughs.

Beneficiaries included:

  • City Of London Police
  • The Metropolitan Police
  • London Ambulance Service
  • London Fire Brigade
  • South East London Search and Rescue
  • British Transport Police
  • St John Ambulance.

Go to City, Hackney and Waltham Forest local Mind website.

Being part of the Blue Light Programme has made a huge difference. Before, I felt like one person, that I couldn’t change the world. Now I’m part of an organisation. It’s growing, and more people are getting interested. You’ve got a lot of individuals who were passionate about these issues beforehand, but now we are all linked by this programme. We are more of a force.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Blue Light Wellbeing Network

Led by Peterborough & Fenland Mind with Mind in Cambridgeshire, the network covered:

  • Peterborough
  • Fenland
  • Huntingdonshire
  • East Cambridgeshire
  • Cambridge City
  • South Cambridgeshire.

Beneficiaries included:

  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
  • Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (camSAR)
  • East of England Ambulance Service
  • St John Ambulance.
Go to Peterborough & Fenland Mind

Blue Light North East Network

Led by Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, the network covered:

  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle
  • North Tyneside
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland.

Beneficiaries included:

  • Northumbria Police
  • Durham Constabulary
  • Northumberland Fire 
  • Tyne and Wear Fire
  • Durham and Darlington Fire
  • North East Ambulance Service
  • Search and Rescue including HM Coastguard and RNLI.
Go to Tyneside local Mind

Our network evaluation

We're evaluating our pilot networks to see what impact they had and how we can learn from them to benefit other emergency services. The evaluation will be available later in 2017.

If you have any questions about the networks or our evaluation then please contact us.

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