Blue Light Programme - supporting our emergency services

We know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. But our independent research shows that the estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to get support.

Mind has been awarded LIBOR funding to deliver the Blue Light Programme for a third year, to provide mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services across England and in Wales for the first time.

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Why does mental health matter for Blue Light services?

Our independent research shows that 9 out of 10 of the emergency service staff and volunteers who completed our survey had experienced stress, low mood or poor mental health at some point whilst working for the emergency services and were just as likely to seek help from a colleague as from their GP. That’s why it’s so important to feel comfortable talking to your colleagues about mental health, just as you would physical health because mental health matters.

Mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing

It's important to look after your mental wellbeing on a day-to-day basis, and not just after experiencing big, traumatic events. It's important to make sure you manage your mental wellbeing in order to stay fit and healthy.

Staying well by building resilience can reduce your chances of developing mental health problems like depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It's ok to ask for help

Seeking help for a mental health problem can be a really important step towards getting and staying well. You might feel uncomfortable seeking support for your mental health, but it's always ok for you to seek help – even if you're not sure if you are experiencing a specific mental health problem. The best way to start is normally by talking to a health care professional, such as your GP. Our Infoline can also signpost you in the right direction.

Blue Light Infoline

Need advice on your mental health or wellbeing? Call, email or text our Blue Light Infoline; just for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families, to help keep you or those you care about well for work. We can provide independent and confidential support, advice and signposting.

  • 0300 303 5999 (local rates)
  • bluelightinfo@mind.org.uk
  • Text: 84999

About the Infoline

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, the phone number is charged at local rates. You can also contact us at any time using the email or text details, for a response from one of our dedicated advisors during the Infoline working hours.

Our team provides information on a range of topics including:

• staying mentally healthy for work
• types of mental health problem
• how and where to get help
• medication and alternative treatments
• advocacy
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• existing emergency service support
• mental health and the law.

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Blue Light stories

Ed, Zoe, Richard, Helen, David and Andrew have all worked in the emergency services and have all experienced mental health problems. They share their experiences here along with other blue light staff and volunteers.

Read Blue Light stories

Blue Light booklets

Our information booklets are designed to support staff and volunteers from the emergency services with their mental health. You can read them here online or download and print them for free.

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Blue Light webinars

Learn to recognise what mental health problems are as well as practical ways you can look after your mental health. With films designed for each of the services, the webinars share the experience, best practice and personal stories of real staff and volunteers working in your service.

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Blue Light films

Anyone can experience a mental health problem. Take a look at this short film from our friends at Time to Change.

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Blue Light Infoline

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