We hope that engaging with Mind’s Blue Light Programme will be enjoyable and rewarding for you, so to help you feel prepared before you register it's important that you fully read and understand the below statements.
All of us – Mind staff, volunteers, Blue Light Champions and freelancers involved in Blue Light Programme activity - agree to abide by each of our organisation’s policies and procedures such as our respective code of conduct and policies around boundaries, bullying and harassment. This is so we can work together effectively to raise awareness of mental health and challenge the stigma about mental health problems.
Declaring mental health problems at work
If you have your own personal experience of mental health problems and decide that you would like to become a Blue Light Champion, it is completely up to you whether you choose to share your own story or not.
Sharing your own personal story as a Blue Light Champion should be a positive and empowering experience. So, before you decide to tell your story, it’s important to find out whether declaring your mental health problem at work could have any negative consequences, such as being moved to restricted duties. Every emergency service and role is different, so you need to find this out from your own organisation. You may find information about this in documents like role descriptions, or in policies about mental health, wellbeing or sickness absence. You should have all the facts to hand before going ahead and be guided by the information your service provides.
If someone discloses thoughts about harming themselves or others to you
As a Blue Light Champion you are first and foremost an employee or volunteer of your organisation. We recognise that, in your role as a Blue Light Champion, there is a possibility that your colleagues may disclose thoughts about harming themselves or others to you. Before you start your role as a Blue Light Champion, it is important that you find out what policies, guidance and support for someone in crisis your employer has in place in case this happens, including the sorts of circumstances in which confidentiality might need to be broken. It might be useful to discuss this possibility with a member of HR or occupational health so that you clearly understand your organisation’s policies and guidance before your Blue Light Champion role starts. This will help you feel prepared and understand how to respond effectively and within your organisation’s guidelines.
Every organisation has a duty of care to all its employees and volunteers to provide them with information and support. If you are unsure about a situation speak to your manager, a member of HR or another member of staff who supports you.
Unfortunately, it is not appropriate for Mind to provide this guidance. We encourage you to think carefully about how you'll look after your own wellbeing while participating in the Blue Light Programme and how you can make sure you have appropriate support in place. You might find it helpful to look at our information on managing your mental wellbeing or call the Blue Light Infoline to see what support is available.
The Blue Light Champion's role and materials were designed for individuals over the age of 18. If you are under 18 and want to become a Champion, please take a look at Time to Change's materials and opportunities for children and young people. By completing this registration form, you are confirming that you are over the age of 18.
Blue Light Champions in Wales
Staff and volunteers living in Wales are now welcome to register too.