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.