Mind's support for team 999 is changing

We're now in the fourth year of Blue Light Programme support for ambulance, fire, police and search and rescue services across England and Wales. 

Before the Blue Light Programme launched many people didn’t feel able to talk openly about mental health for fear of judgement and didn’t know where to turn if they needed help.

Today, thousands of people that dedicate their lives to saving others have received information, resources, training or accessed support through the Blue Light Programme and our network of local Minds.

We're now approaching the 31st March 2019, when the Blue Light Programme funding comes to an end.

Although the programme as we know it will end, Mind will always be here for team 999. Our research shows that 999 teams will always need support with their mental health, because of the pressures they face in their roles.

Much of the support we currently offer will continue to be available, but the way we'll work in the sector will change.

Frequently Asked Questions - what will change?

What will Mind's support be called if the Blue Light Programme is ending?

From the 1st April 2019, our support for emergency services will be called Mind's Blue Light Support instead of the Blue Light Programme.

What support will still be available?

Emergency services will still be able to access our information, training, resources and confidential Infoline, alongside all of the information and support offered by Mind, our friends at Time to Change and our local Mind network.

Will your monthly e-news and @MindBlueLight Twitter account continue?

Our email updates, including our monthly e-news, will come to an end in March. Why not sign up to Mind’s bi-monthly [email protected] emails instead, for all your news on workplace wellbeing.

Our @MindBlueLight Twitter account will close too but @MindCharity and @MindCymru will always be there. Mind are on Facebook and LinkedIn too.

How will I know what's still available and how to access support?

We’ll have updated webpages by the end of March with all the key information you need, whether you’re working in or with services, to continue supporting the mental health of team 999.

Will all of the positive work that's happened come to an end now?

We’re confident that 999 services can continue to give their teams the mental health support that they need, with our resources and the help of associations, charities and champions.

Our network of around 135 local Minds are also there to support everyone in their local area, including members of the emergency services. Each local Mind is unique and tailors services to match their community.

What impact has the programme made?

We’ve learnt a huge amount about what support 999 teams need with their mental health through our four-year programme.

Nearly 3000 passionate Champions have courageously spoken out about mental health, starting to change the way it’s seen within emergency services.

Over 100 emergency service employers or associations across the country have signed the Blue Light Time to Change pledge to publicly show their commitment to better mental health, now and into the future.

We’ve worked together with partners across the sector to help to change the way that mental health is viewed and improve the support available.

All of our learning, and details of the impact the programme has made, will be made publicly available by the end of March. Anyone working within this sector or others will be able to benefit from our learning into the future.

Find out more

We'll provide more information here as soon as it's available. If you have questions about what will happen after the 31st March 2019 in the meantime, please get in touch.

Benefit from our research and learning

We closely evaluated our work in the first, second and third years of the programme.

Our reports show that thousands of staff and volunteers across services have actively challenged mental health stigma. They've learnt more about mental health and have improved their wellbeing, with support.

Download our research and evaluation reports here.

How stupid is it to think that people who work in the blue light services, who deal with all the bad things in society, are immune from mental illness? We are not, and there is no shame in that.

Create lasting change in your service with our free guide

We want to create lasting change in this sector. But to do this, we need your help.

We ask every emergency service to download our free Blue Light Programme Blueprint Pack, for step-by-step guidance on how to set up or embed activity around mental health into their service.

Download now

Year four funding

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