Managing mental health in the emergency services training course

Our independent research shows that 9 out of 10 members of the emergency services have experienced stress, low mood or poor mental health at some point whilst at work. Give your line managers and team leaders the skills that they need to manage mental health in your organisation with our half-day course.

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Why sign up?

71% of emergency services staff and volunteers we surveyed feel that their organisation does not encourage them to talk about mental health. Line managers and team-leaders can play a vital role in reducing stigma and encouraging staff to talk about their mental health problems.

We’ve also learnt that there is a need to actively build trust between staff and senior managers in the emergency services when it comes to talking about mental health. One way that you could build that trust is by giving managers and team-leaders the tools that they need through this course, so they can actively support their staff to stay well and prevent any problems from getting worse.

It’s important to take care of the mental health of your staff. Our research shows that emergency services staff and volunteers are even more likely to be affected but less likely to seek support.

About the course

Our course is for anyone in the emergency services who has a line manager, team leader or pastoral role. It’s tailored to the unique environments that the emergency services operate in and we can provide a version for ambulance, fire, police or search and rescue services.

The half day course is designed to be delivered face-to-face to a group of 8 to 16 participants. It features a balance of trainer-led presentation with opportunities for participant discussion and interaction so everyone can get the most out of the session.

We suggest that the course is mandatory for all line managers or team leaders to enable the benefits to be felt throughout your organisation. This would also ensure that learning was undertaken by those that needed it most.

What you'll learn

Participants will gain the following:

  • Improved awareness and understanding of mental health at work and how work can affect emergency services staff and volunteers. 
  • Awareness of the signs of mental ill health, how to broach the issue and explore support measures.
  • Understanding of Mind’s framework for creating mentally healthy workplaces and how to create a mentally healthy workplace using Mind’s three-pronged approach.
  • Understanding of how to proactively manage employees’ mental wellbeing so as to reduce mental ill health and its associated risks for absence.
  • Understanding of how to initiate a conversation about mental health and how to handle disclosure.

Download the full learning objectives for the course here and the course programme outline here.

We have just finished the first training course. I just wanted to say how well it went down with our staff. We consider it to be a huge success and there is considerable appetite to run another session.

Book your course

An experienced Mind trainer can deliver this course at a suitable venue of your choice for up to 16 people at a time.

If you’d like your team to learn these vital skills, then please make an enquiry for further details about pricing. Please let us know the following:

  • Your name, role and contact details.
  • Full address, including postcode, of where you would like the training to take place.
  • How many staff you would like to receive the training.
  • Your preferred date(s) and time(s) for the course(s) to take place.
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Our resilience course is tailor-made for staff and volunteers in the emergency services.

During the course attendees considered ways to stay well while coping with the stresses and strains of everyday life, including the unique pressures that come with the role.  

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