Blue Light Programme: Wellbeing Networks for our Emergency Services
From a national survey commissioned by Mind we know that:
- People who work or volunteer in the emergency services are more likely to experience mental health issues and 88% said they had experience low mood or signs of stress.
- Emergency service staff are also less likely to take time off from work with these issues.
- They are just as likely to seek help from a colleague as they are from seeing a GP.
- Many staff said they would disguise periods of sick leave as another issue, rather than say they had a mental health issue.
Watch our video ‘Tackling Stigma and Changing Minds’ –the journey, achievements and impact of the Blue Light Project in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 2016-2017.
Watch our video ‘You look after others: who looks after you?’ – what emergency service workers wish they had known about mental health, how it affects them and how they look after their own mental wellbeing.
CPSL Mind are proud to be one of four pilot projects across the country, all of which seek to raise awareness of mental health issues and to tackle mental health-related stigma across all four emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Search & Rescue).
This work will have two strands:
Blue Light Wellbeing Working Group
We will facilitate a multi-service Blue Light Wellbeing Working Group to support senior staff across the four services to find new and collaborative ways of supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff and volunteers.
Blue Light ‘OWN’ Networks
We will facilitate frontline staff members with an interest in mental health and wellbeing to create their ‘OWN’ awareness-raising wellbeing networks – one for each service. This will include the recruitment of an army of Community Champions – frontline staff with a passion for the subject whom we will train and support to find innovative ways to get their colleagues talking about mental health and wellbeing.