Resilience - learn practical ways to stay well

Our resilience course is tailor-made for staff and volunteers in the emergency services: Police, Fire, Ambulance and Search and Rescue.

The course focuses on ways to stay well while coping with the stresses and strains of everyday life, including the unique pressures that come with your role. It’s important to take care of your mental health. One in four people develop a mental health problem every year, and our research shows emergency services personnel are even more likely to be affected. 

What do we mean by resilience?

Resilience is the capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, such as being socially isolated or dealing with stressful workplace conditions, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing. Resilience can be taught and learned. For a more detailed definition of resilience visit our resilience at Mind page. You can also find more information on resilience and mental wellbeing in our information booklets which are free to download.

A course designed for you

During the course, you’ll build up your own collection of tools and skills for coping better with stress, anxiety, relationship issues, social pressures, and difficult emotions like anger.

By finding better ways to cope with these, there’s less danger of them developing into more serious mental health problems. It means you’ve a better chance of staying well, whatever the job – and life – throw at you.

The course content draws on Mind’s expertise in mental health wellbeing and resilience, combined with input from emergency services staff with first-hand experience of the pressures of the role.

I’ve found the course helpful as it has enabled me to understand stress in myself, recognise stress in others and develop coping mechanisms to deal with them.

Learning from our pilot courses

We piloted our resilience course in it's first year with nine local Minds. Feedback from participants who took the course was overwhelmingly positive, with most enjoying the experience.

The course was closely evaluated as part of the pilot, by the University of Oxford. Although the course had a positive impact for participants, the evaluation recommended that the course was redeveloped and piloted again for a second year, to make sure it was as effective as it could possibly be.

In our second year courses were open to all emergency services staff and volunteers living in our Blue Light Mental Health Network areas:

  • Tyneside, Northumberland and local areas
  • Central London
  • Liverpool, Wirral and nearby areas
  • Cambridge, Peterborough and surrounding areas.

We are now in the final stages of wrapping up our pilot evaluation and so at this time courses are not being delivered widely. We will be sharing more information about the course and the evaluation shortly.

For more information please email [email protected].

 

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