Blue Light programme

We know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. But our independent research shows that the estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to get support.

Mind has been awarded LIBOR funding to develop the Blue Light Programme, to provide mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services across England.

Line manager training

As part of the programme Mind has developed a line manager training course on how to manage mental health in the workplace. City and Hackney Mind are offering the half-day masterclass Managing Mental Health at Work, free of charge, to managers working in the emergency services. Our free training will be available to Blue Light services in East London and Essex up until March 2016.

Our experienced trainers will travel to your service to present our Blue Light research findings, share knowledge on mental health and how it’s affected by working in the emergency services; how to support colleagues, how to create mentally healthy workplaces and wellness action planning. The masterclass also explores handling disclosure and return to work.

Next steps

If you want your service to receive training, register your interest with us now by e-mailing Anne Thomas at [email protected] and let us know the following:
  • The name of your organisation
  • Your contact details
  • How many staff you want to receive training
  • Dates that you would want training (earliest dates available are from September 2015)
  • Any other information you think we should know