Blue Light Champions

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.

Read on for more about what these amazing individuals do, why they’re needed, and how you can join the ranks.

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Why do we need Blue Light Champions?

Blue Light Champions are essential in challenging stigma and increasing understanding of mental health in the emergency services.

We all have mental health just as we have physical health. We know that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. But our independent research shows that the estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to get support. In an independent survey commissioned by Mind of 671 Blue Light personnel, 96% said that people with a mental health problem experience stigma and discrimination.

The Blue Light team at Mind supports Champions by providing them with resources for the workplace and support in carrying out the role.

I loved my job and that was the frustrating thing; I couldn’t tell anyone because of the stigma at work. For many people, if you’ve got depression, anxiety or stress then you’re weak, you’re a ‘sicknote’, everyone gets stressed and tired, that sort of thing.

Who can become a Blue Light Champion?

Anybody who is a current employee or volunteer working in the police, fire, ambulance or search and rescue services can become a Blue Light Champion, whether or not you have personal experience of mental health problems.

You can be working or volunteering within any role, at any level within your organisation - there's lots to gain for everyone if you become a Blue Light Champion.

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What do Blue Light Champions do?

As a Blue Light Champion you will raise awareness of mental health and help to break down stigma in the workplace. How you do this is completely up to you, and we encourage you to get creative!

We’ve put together a list of suggested activities to kick-start your thinking. Every activity, no matter how big or small, contributes to the central goal of challenging mental health stigma.

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Blue Light Champions toolkit

We’ve put together a toolkit to support you on your journey as a Blue Light Champion. In this section you'll find:

  • a role description
  • an activity guide on organising meetings and events
  • suggestions for getting people involved, including how to get organisational buy-in
  • information on maintaining boundaries and managing conversations about mental health.

You can also download Blue Light Champion digital badges here.

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Free Speaking Up, Speaking Out workshop materials

Run our Speaking Up Speaking Out workshop in your service and help to change the way we all think and act when it comes to mental health in the emergency services. Download our free workshop materials here.

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Peer Supporters

As part of the Blue Light Programme, almost 80 Blue Light Champions have been trained as Peer Supporters. To learn about new Peer Supporter training opportunities, make sure you’re signed up as a Blue Light Champion.

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Ready to become a Blue Light Champion?

If you have read through all of the guidance above and feel ready to become a Blue Light Champion then please register here. The form will take between 5 to 10 minutes to complete and will need to be done all in one go - you can't save and return to it.

If you register with a work email address then please make sure you add our email service provider to your own safe senders list. If your organisation has strict firewall settings too, you might need to ask your IT team to change the settings to allow emails from this service provider as well. Our email service provider is: @cmp.charityemail.org.uk

If you have further questions before you register then please get in touch with the Mind Blue Light Team at bluelightchampions@mind.org.uk if you are based in England or bluelightchampionswales@mind.org.uk if you are based in Wales. 

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