What support can you expect from us?

We will:
• Keep in contact by sending you updates of what’s coming up and making sure you hear about other exciting opportunities to get involved in Blue Light Programme activities.
• Be on hand to answer any queries you have regarding the Blue Light Champion role via phone and email.
• Provide guidance on subjects like speaking up about mental health problems and how to promote anti stigma messages and overcome misconceptions.
• Offer you free downloadable materials to promote the Blue Light Programme and specific booklets available for your service to purchase such as managing mental wellbeing.
• Provide information to help you keep mentally well whilst undertaking activities as a Blue Light Champion, for example, maintaining boundaries.
• Provide guidance on managing conversations around mental health and how to signpost effectively.

What is the time commitment?

We want the Blue Light Champion opportunity to work for you, so there is no set time commitment. We just ask that you undertake meaningful anti-stigma activities within your workplace, being mindful that you only undertake activity that you feel comfortable with. You may do this as a one off or on a regular basis, it is up to you. If you need to stop or pause your activities for any reason, you can.

You may want to ask your line manager whether it would be possible to have some dedicated time within your normal working shift so that you can carry out your role as a Blue Light Champion.

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Suggested activities

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!

Our list of suggested activities are based around the amount of time you might have to give, and designed to kick-start your thinking. You can also find out what support you can expect from us in performing your role as a Blue Light Champion here.

Remember - every activity, no matter how big or small, contributes to the central goal of challenging mental health stigma.

Got longer?

Be a point of contact – Look into setting up a network of peers who can signpost people to mental health support, wellbeing resources, and be an additional point of contact for staff and volunteers who might need to talk.

Why not take a look at our information about maintaining boundaries and managing conversations?

Champion networks – Share experiences, challenges and suggestions with other Blue Light Champions by building a network across local emergency services.

You might find that you want to do activities together with other Blue Light Champions in your workplace or local area.

Emergency services employers’ pledge – Flag up the Blue Light Time to Change pledge to your service’s senior people, support efforts to get their buy-in, and participate in the development of your service’s pledge action plan.

Events – get a platform at workplace events to raise the profile of mental health and wellbeing, perhaps with a table-top stand or speaking slot. Or take the lead in organising wellbeing events, using our Blue Light resources to start colleagues talking about mental health.

Got minutes?

Information sharing – Distribute leaflets, posters and other materials developed through the Blue Light Programme. For example, promote the Blue Light Infoline and how it can support your colleagues, their families and friends.

Staff intranet - Request that the Blue Light Programme’s activities and resources are advertised on your intranet pages. You could also ask that more is done to highlight the support available within your organisation to staff and volunteers, so that it is easy to access.

Social media - Ask your organisation to promote the Blue Light Programme on their twitter account, tweet using #mybluelight or start a blog.

Remember, if you choose to use social media to promote the Blue Light Programme and highlight anti-stigma messaging on a personal account please ensure you consult and are mindful of your employer’s policy on social media, seeking guidance and permission where necessary.

Got a few hours?

Speaking up - If you have your own personal experience of a mental health problem you may wish to speak about these to an audience of your colleagues, blog or write about them, though please note there is absolutely no pressure to do so.

If you don’t have personal experience of mental health problems, you can find opportunities to talk to colleagues about the importance of challenging mental health stigma and promoting wellbeing.

To support you in this, a number of regional workshops and resources will be organised for September and October 2015. Once you have registered as a Champion, we’ll send you more information and dates for your diary.

Training days and inductions - Speak to new recruits about the importance of wellbeing and mental health during staff inductions. Flag the support that’s available to them in their new workplace so that they know yours is a working environment where it’s okay to talk about mental health.

Family and friends – Think about how you could reach the family and friends of emergency service staff and volunteers with anti-stigma messages around mental health and details of the support available to them. For example, run outreach activities or host a Blue Light information stall at a family or community fun day.

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