Blue Light ‘OWN’ Networks

Frontline staff have now developed ‘OWNs’ (Our Wellbeing Networks) across all four services. These networks work to find ways to raise mental health awareness and tackle stigma across all four services. These networks are led an army of Community Champions.

Anyone can become a Champion if they are a current employee or volunteer working in one of the four emergency services in Cambridgeshire.

The role of a Champion:

  • Help to make it easier for staff to look after their mental health
  • Help people to access the right support if they are experiencing mental health issues
  • Embed positive changes within their organisation
  • Challenge stigma and discrimination

We can provide resources such as booklets and posters for staff that are specific to each service, also web-based information.

Watch our video

‘Tackling Stigma and Changing Minds’ – the journey, achievements and impact of the Blue Light Project in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 2016-2017.

Blue Light Wellbeing Working Group

A county-wide, multi-service working group includes senior operational, human resource and occupational health managers from Fire, Police, Ambulance and Search & Rescue services.

The Working Group meets quarterly to:

  • Raise key wellbeing-related issues
  • Share good practice – national, regional and local
  • Conduit for communication to senior managers, middle managers and staff
  • Develop shared resources
  • Inform ‘bite-sized’ briefings programme: e.g. mindfulness, managing anxiety

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