Research and evaluation

Mind has carried out extensive research into the mental health of emergency service workers, the most effective ways to support them and the impact of our work so far. You can find all of that research here.


Initial scoping research - to help develop the programme

Mind ran an online survey from December 2014 to January 2015 to better understand experiences of mental health problems within the emergency services. We received an overwhelming response to this survey, and would like to say a big thank you to every one of the 3700 people who shared their views.

We also ran a series of focus groups in different regions of the country which brought together staff and volunteers from all four services to discuss mental health needs and types of support. This extensive research helped to shape the development of the Blue Light Programme to help meet the needs of individuals and workplaces that it highlighted.

You can now read the full results of the initial scoping survey here: 

We have shared this research by:

  • ensuring key stakeholders have a copy of the findings
  • discussing them with our Blue Light Programme Advisory Panel; and
  • presenting our findings at key events.

We also carried out a follow-up survey in February 2016. The headline findings of this latest survey on mental health in the emergency services are also available to view online here.


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