Mind – Blue Light Programme

When was it established?

It was established in 2015, after a report published by Mind found that while 1 in 4 people in the UK experience mental health concerns, people who work and volunteer in the emergency services were more likely to experience mental health issues, but less likely to seek help.

Mind was awarded LIBOR funding in 2015 to begin the Blue Light Programme to address this issue.

Who is it for?

Mind’s Blue Light Programme is for England’s emergency services staff and volunteers, including police officers who are experiencing mental health concerns. They offer information booklets for police on mental health, training for line managers and guidance to develop a service-wide approach to wellbeing, alongside mental health support and resources for any staff or volunteer in the 999 services.

The Blue Light Infoline offers confidential, independent and practical support, advice and signposting around mental health and wellbeing. The Infoline is just for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families, to help keep you or those you care about well for work.

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, the phone number below is charged at local rates. You can also contact them at any time using the email or text details, for a response from one of our dedicated advisors during the Infoline working hours.

Their team provides information on a range of topics including:

  • staying mentally healthy for work
  • types of mental health problem
  • how and where to get help
  • medication and alternative treatments
  • advocacy
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • existing emergency service support
  • mental health and the law.

They will look for details of help and support in your own area or that is relevant to your emergency service. Unfortunately the advisors are unable to offer an emotional listening service or counselling through the Infoline.

How to access help?

Call 0300 303 5999 (local rates), text 84999 or email bluelightinfo@mind.org.uk

For more information

Visit www.mind.org.uk/bluelight