The Blue Light Programme
We’re Mind and we’re experts in mental health. with government funding, we have launched a major new programme to help police, ambulance, fire and search and rescue staff and volunteers to talk openly about mental health – and to find the right support.
Our independent research shows fire fighters, and other emergency service staff and volunteers, are more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to get support or take time off work.
Our survey of 3,500 emergency services personnel found that nearly 9 in 10 emergency services staff and volunteers surveyed have experienced stress, low mood and poor mental health at some point while working for the emergency services.
Our research also found that:
- 7 out of 10 think their organisation does not encourage them to talk about mental health
- Over half were not aware of the mental health support their organisation offers
- 44% thought colleagues would be treated differently in a negative way if they disclosed a mental health problem at work
Many of those surveyed experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety such as loss of sleep, loss of appetite and anger but were still reluctant to seek support.
“I’ve been quite open about all of it with my bosses and colleagues. They have been really supportive. Since I have spoken out, other colleagues including senior officers have told me how they went through that 20 years ago. It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one; that people do get through it and progress.” – Richard, Fire Service
Lead the change with the Blue Light Programme
The Blue Light programme focuses on raising awareness, tackling stigma and delivering training, and is dedicated to supporting emergency service staff and volunteers in england with practical ways to stay mentally well:
Access the Blue Light Infoline:
Need advice on mental health or wellbeing? call, email or text our blue light infoline; just for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families. we can provide independent and confidential support, advice and signposting.
Tel: 0300 303 5999 (local rates)
Commit to the Blue Light Time to Change pledge:
Sign the pledge and join a growing movement of employers across different sectors in england who are working to tackle mental health stigma and help keep their staff well for work.
Our series of information booklets are designed to support staff and volunteers from the emergency services with their mental health. you can read them online or order printed copies for free as part of our info pack.
Attend a masterclass:
Designed for line- managers and leaders, spend just half a day
at one of our free masterclasses on mental health being delivered by 20 local minds around england.
Learn about mental health online
With our series of webinar films on mental health awareness, mental health at work and looking after your mental health.
Become more resilient – and help others:
Our pilot resilience courses are available to those living near 9 of our local minds and are tailor-made for staff and volunteers who are well and not experiencing a mental health problem.
Champion better mental health:
We’re looking for individuals who can champion better mental health in their workplace by running events, giving out information and encouraging others to talk. we’re also looking for support from those who have experienced mental health problems and who are willing to share their stories to help promote the programme.
Join our peer network:
A place for organisations to meet, talk and learn from each other at our regular events.