Resilience courses - learn practical ways to stay well

Our resilience courses are tailor-made for staff and volunteers in the emergency services: Police, Fire, Ambulance and Search and Rescue. They’re for you if you’re well and not experiencing a mental health problem. 

During the course you'll learn 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 course

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.

This year courses are 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.

Details of the locations and times of the next face to face courses are given below.


Why sign up?

Do you have reservations or wondering why you should sign up to the course? Search and rescue team member Ro shares her experience of being randomly allocated to an online or face to face course and taking the course in it's first year.


How it works

Our free redeveloped four week courses are organised and delivered by your local Mind and the University of Oxford. We’re running it in three different ways, because we want to measure which approach works best:

  • Just under half of you will have access to expert online information specially devised for emergency services staff and volunteers. Our research so far shows this can be just as effective as receiving the course in person.
  • A smaller group of you will be assigned to a wait group, to receive a course (this will be either online or in person) a little later than the rest of the group. This is so we can compare your wellbeing during this waiting time with when you’ve taken the course.
  • Just under half of you will attend sessions in person straight away, as well as receiving access to online information. You’ll be able to share experiences and solutions with each other. 

When you sign up, you’ll be assigned at random to one of these three groups. That means we can compare the different approaches fairly.

Course dates

The locations and times of our next face to face courses are given here.


  • 09:30 to 11:30am, Wednesday 12 April 2017
  • 09:30 to 11:30am, Wednesday 19 April 2017
  • 09:30 to 11:30am, Wednesday 26 April 2017
  • 09:30 to 11:30am, Wednesday 3 May 2017.


  • 15:00-17:00 Tuesday 2 May 2017
  • 15:00-17:00 Tuesday 9 May 2017
  • 15:00-17:00 Tuesday 16 May 2017
  • 15:00-17:00 Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Sign up now

If you're interested in our courses then sign up now. Click on the link and you'll be taken to a secure website hosted by our partners at the University of Oxford to sign up.

If you have any questions about the course or sign-up process please contact us.

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