Blue Light Programme and local Minds

Since the launch of the Blue Light Programme our local Mind network have played a significant role in supporting the development and delivery of programme activities.

Local Minds have delivered training to over 6000 line managers, delivered resilience interventions to over 700 people, piloted our four local Blue Light Mental Health Networks and more.

See what activity local Minds are delivering and how you can get involved here.

Local Minds in Wales

With four of our local Minds - North East Wales Mind, Aberystwyth Mind, Merthyr and the Valleys Mind and Newport Mind – we’re running free Blue Light Programme activity and support in Wales this year.

Start running Blue Light Programme activity in your service, or build on the mental health work you’re already doing with the support of your local Mind.

Get involved with your local Mind now.

Get involved in Wales

Our networks in England

In 2016 to 17 we piloted four local Blue Light Mental Health Networks in England.

Led by a local Mind, each network had investment available to support a programme of activity, designed to collectively improve access to mental health information and support for all employees across emergency services in that area. To ensure join-up with wider community mental health support, the networks had a dedicated coordinator, based within a local Mind, to facilitate cross-sector partnership activity.

Our network locations

The 2016 to 17 Blue Light Mental Health Networks were piloted by the following local Minds:

  • Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest (working in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Mind)
  • Peterborough and Fenland Mind (working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Mind)
  • Wirral Mind
  • Tyneside and Northumberland Mind

Merseyside Blue Light Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

Led by Wirral local Mind, this network covered:

  • Liverpool
  • Wirral
  • Knowsley
  • St Helens
  • Sefton.

Beneficiaries included:

  • North West Ambulance Service
  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue
  • Merseyside Police
  • St John Ambulance.


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The Inner London Blue Light Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

Led by Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest with Hammersmith and Fulham local Minds, this network covered all London boroughs.

Beneficiaries included:

  • City Of London Police
  • The Metropolitan Police
  • London Ambulance Service
  • London Fire Brigade
  • South East London Search and Rescue
  • British Transport Police
  • St John Ambulance.

Go to City, Hackney and Waltham Forest local Mind website.

Being part of the Blue Light Programme has made a huge difference. Before, I felt like one person, that I couldn’t change the world. Now I’m part of an organisation. It’s growing, and more people are getting interested. You’ve got a lot of individuals who were passionate about these issues beforehand, but now we are all linked by this programme. We are more of a force.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Blue Light Wellbeing Network

Led by Peterborough & Fenland Mind with Mind in Cambridgeshire, the network covered:

  • Peterborough
  • Fenland
  • Huntingdonshire
  • East Cambridgeshire
  • Cambridge City
  • South Cambridgeshire.

Beneficiaries included:

  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
  • Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (camSAR)
  • East of England Ambulance Service
  • St John Ambulance.
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Blue Light North East Network

Led by Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, the network covered:

  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle
  • North Tyneside
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland.

Beneficiaries included:

  • Northumbria Police
  • Durham Constabulary
  • Northumberland Fire 
  • Tyne and Wear Fire
  • Durham and Darlington Fire
  • North East Ambulance Service
  • Search and Rescue including HM Coastguard and RNLI.
Go to Tyneside local Mind

Our work with local Minds

If you have any questions about our work with local Minds or the pilot networks then please contact us.

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