Local Mind support for emergency services

Have you or one of your teammates gone through something traumatic, in or out of work, that’s had a real impact?

Nearly 6 out of 10 emergency service staff and volunteers we surveyed said they used isolation as a way to cope. 

Through our local Minds, we want to give more emergency service staff and volunteers the chance to talk or learn new ways to cope with difficult experiences.

A chance to talk or learn new ways to cope

21 of our local Minds are delivering face-to-face support, peer support workshops and workshops on trauma awareness for emergency service staff and volunteers living in London, Greater Manchester and areas across England and Wales.

Our local Minds are experts in mental health. Each local Mind delivers different practical services based on the needs of people in their communities.

See which local Minds are offering Blue Light Programme support in England and Wales below.

There is lots of help out there. The hardest part is asking for it or accepting it. That help can make all the difference.

Local Minds in England

North East

Redcar & Cleveland Mind:

  • 1:1 counselling support (not time limited, individual).

Contact [email protected]

Tyneside and Northumberland Mind:

  • 5 session Wellbeing Course covering thinking styles, stress and making positive lifestyle choices.

 Contact [email protected]


Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds Mind:

  • Allocated Key Worker - one to one support including signposting, goal setting and social support (0-3 months, individual)
  • Counselling - (up to 12 weeks, individual)
  • Peer support group (TBC).

Contact [email protected]

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind:

  • One to one sessions with a key worker fortnightly or to fit with shift patterns using a psycho-education approach. (6-8 sessions)

  • Workshops available:

    • Mind and Mood
    • Stress Management
    • Resilience
  • Information packs with all local information and referral pathway available for champions

Contact [email protected]


North West

Mind in Greater Manchester:

  • A range of one day workshops including resilience
  • Resilience courses - how to manage stressful situations or crisis (up to 8 weeks, group) 
  • Mindfulness courses - an introduction to mindfulness (up to 8 weeks, group)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) courses - a psycho-educational course (up to 8 weeks, group) 
  • Online CBT (6 months access, individual)
  • Person centred counselling - face to face counselling support (up to 8 sessions, individual).

Contact us online here, email [email protected] or call 

0161 212 6461 (available Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 10am-2pm).

Lancashire Mind:

  • Wellbeing Coaching (7x 1 hour sessions, individual or small group).

Contact [email protected]


East of England

Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind:

  • Integrative psychotherapy - between 6-12 one-to-one sessions.

Contact [email protected]

Mid Herts Mind:

  • Counselling - focusing on interventions to support people who have witnessed or experienced trauma (flexible length, individual)
  • Spot the signs training - raising awareness reducing stigma (one day, group)
  • Champions de-briefing - peer support group for champions (1 hr long monthly session, group)
  • Counselling - focusing on interventions to support people who have witnessed or experienced trauma (flexible length, individual)
  • Spot the signs training - raising awareness reducing stigma (1 day, group)
  • Champions de-briefing - peer support group for champions (1 hr long monthly session, group).

Contact [email protected]


West Midlands

North Staffordshire Mind:

  • Counselling - one to one sessions and EMDR as required (individual).

Contact [email protected]

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind:

  • Recovery Academy - delivered with partner organisations. A wide range of courses and workshops designed to enable recovery and wellbeing (individual, varying lengths)
  • Pathfinder sessions - one to one support. Up to 6 sessions for people experiencing a time of emotional distress (individual)
  • Peer led drop ins - offered at hubs across Warwickshire (no appointment need)
  • Counselling - up to 6 sessions (waitlist applies).

Contact [email protected]



Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest:

  • One to one therapy including counselling, CBT, IPT and ACT (12-16 sessions)
  • Mindfulness groups including Mindful self-compassion (8 weeks)
  • Managing Anger and difficult emotions group (8 weeks)

Hammersmith and Fulham Mind:

  • Group therapy sessions (12 weeks)
  • Post incident process group (6 weeks)
  • Psychotherapy (up to 6 months)

Mind in Croydon:

  •  one to one counselling (12 weeks)
  • Group therapy (monthly)
  • Anger control training (8 weeks)

North East London and East London area: 

[email protected] 020 8525 2337

North West London and West London area: 

[email protected] 0207 471 0580

Croydon and South London areas:            

[email protected] 0208 763 2064


South East

Solent Mind:

  • Decider Skills Course - a workshop that can be tailored to help people cope with distressing emotions and situations (standalone, 2, 4, 6 or 12 week course available).

Contact [email protected]


South West

Plymouth Mind:

  • Counselling - one to one sessions (8-10 sessions, individual)
  • Understanding your anger - course to explore how to manage anger that may have become destructive coping strategies (12 hours, group)
  • Cultivating Mindfulness - course to learn how to use mindfulness techniques such as breathing, visualisation and meditation (6 hour course over 4 sessions, group).

Contact [email protected]

Dorset Mind:

  • Wellbeing support group - drop-in peer support and psycho-education groups

  • Counselling - up to 6 sessions.

Contact [email protected]


Details of your nearest local Mind missing?

Any missing details will be available here soon. In the meantime please contact [email protected] to register your interest.

Local Minds in Wales

We’re running Blue Light Programme activity and support in Wales with three of our local Minds:

North East Wales Mind

  • Trauma Counselling
  • Creative/Group counselling
  • Equine Therapy

Contact [email protected]

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind

Details to follow. 

Newport Mind

  • Self-Management courses (up to 8 weeks) including Understanding Anger, Anxiety management, Depression Management and Confidence

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