Blue Light: supporting the mental health of emergency responders

Working in the emergency services has always been a challenging job – but this year it has been even harder for you. As well as your normal duties, you might find yourself experiencing stress or mental health problems as you’re feeling the effect of responding to the pandemic.

And, with so much going on around you and so many people in need, maybe you feel less able to seek support for yourself and your colleagues.

Mind’s Blue Light programme is here to make sure that emergency responders have access to high quality mental health resources and training – and to help create an atmosphere in which it’s OK to focus on your wellbeing.

Stay in touch

You’ll see more added to these pages as the programme progresses – and more messages, ideas, resources and support on Twitter and in your workplaces. You can also find out about the whole Blue Light programme, and the rest of its work, on the Mind website.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll read and share with your colleagues, friends or family in the emergency services. Because now, more than ever, the mental health of emergency responders matters to us all.

The Blue Light Programme is a partnership between Mind and the emergency services community – including our charity partners (Police Care UK, The Ambulance Staff Charity and The Fire Fighters Charity) – and our funder, The Royal Foundation.

The Mental Health at Work website will close on 30 June 2024.

If there any of our toolkits, stories and resources that you may want to refer to later, we recommend you download them now.

The Mental Health at Work Commitment, the Interactive Guide and some key supporting content will move to Mind’s website after this date.

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