Our Blueprint Pack - a step-by-step guide for better mental health in team 999

Download our step-by-step guide for emergency service employers here. Learn how to set up and deliver Blue Light Programme activity in your service so that it will last into the future.

Whatever support you already have in place within your service, our guide sets out how you can work together with local Minds across the country, using our tested approach.

Mental health problems cost UK employers around £34.9 billion each year*

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

Emergency services personnel work in an increasingly pressurised environment. They are twice as likely to identify problems at work as the main cause of their mental health problems, compared to the general workforce population.

Emergency service employees respond to dangerous and traumatic situations. Employers have a responsibility to take care of the mental wellbeing of their workforce. It needs to be valued and made a priority.

*Source: Mental health at Work: The Business costs ten years on. Centre for Mental health (2017)

It takes a long time to change a culture. For a long time the perception has been that emergency services are somehow different, somehow invincible, and they shouldn’t experience mental health problems – that they should be stronger than that. And that’s total rubbish. We are human beings, and we have mental health problems the same as everyone else.

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Our expertise in delivering mental health support for emergency services has shaped the Blue Light Programme Blueprint Pack. Employers can use our learning to embed staff wellbeing support into core business practice.

Download the introduction document

How to use our step-by-step guide to delivering programme activity.

Step one: read the case for support

Why emergency services need to take care of their staff and how they can do it.

Step two: download the blueprint

A visual step-by-step guide to delivering activity or setting up a local network with other services.

Step three: read the toolkit for emergency services

Take these practical steps to embed Blue Light Programme activity or set up a local network.

Step four: learn from the report on our pilot mental health networks

The networks have raised the profile of mental health significantly and encouraged cross-service working.

Step five: consider local search and rescue (SAR) services

SAR don’t always have the resources to support volunteers; could you include them in your activity?

Step six: Get the right people on board

Not responsible for wellbeing in your service, or need to convince others internally? Use our presentation to get the right people on board where you work.

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