A Blue Light community commitment

The mental health of the emergency service workforce has never been more important. That’s why Mind and The Royal Foundation have worked with the Emergency Responder Senior Leader Board to unite the emergency services community in their approach to supporting the mental health of their people.

A statement of intent

To deliver this ambition, the senior leaders representing the national bodies across the UK emergency services have signed the Mental Health at Work Commitment on behalf of emergency services across the UK. This is an unprecedented agreement, declaring that mental health is, and will remain, a strategic priority for all UK emergency services, and means that for the first time, a uniform set of standards for supporting the mental health of their emergency responder staff will be adopted and integrated into their workplaces.

How you can be involved

The signing of the Mental Health at Work Commitment is just the beginning. Improving mental health outcomes within the emergency services will require an ongoing collaborative and inclusive effort.

Mind has developed this series of resources as a starting point to help put the Commitment into action. They outline the Commitment, and provide ideas and useful resources to help anyone working or volunteering in the emergency services to take action.

They also showcase some of the excellent work taking place across emergency services, promoting shared learning and offering ideas to help embed best practice throughout the Blue Light community.

Mental Health at Work Commitment: a guide for emergency services wellbeing leads

This guide from Mind is for people with roles linked to mental health and wellbeing, learning and development, human resources, organisational culture and management.

It provides you with ideas and useful resources for developing, enhancing and evidencing your efforts towards supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your people.

  • 30 min read
  • UK-wide

Mental Health at Work Commitment: a summary for emergency services senior leaders

This summary from Mind outlines how senior leaders can take action and play a vital role in ensuring the Mental Health at Work Commitment leads to improved mental health outcomes for staff and volunteers in their service.

  • 5 min read
  • UK-wide

Mental Health at Work Commitment: a guide for emergency services mental health champions

This guide is for you if you’re already an active champion of mental health or considering whether to become a champion in your service. This includes blue light, wellbeing or mental health champions, peer supporters, mental health first aiders, and TRiM practitioners.

It provides ideas and useful resources to help you take action to support better mental health in your service.

  • 20 min read
  • UK-wide

A guide to wellbeing impact assessments in the emergency services

This guidance template provides ideas on how to better understand the impact that organisational policies may have on the psychological wellbeing of staff. The assessment helps you to reflect on how policies are designed, and ensure that policies have a positive impact on staff mental health – and avoid any potential adverse consequences.

  • 10 min read
  • UK-wide

Case studies

Mind have collated a series of case studies which highlight some of the excellent work taking place across emergency services throughout the UK to support the mental health of staff and volunteers. Each one links to the Mental Health at Work Commitment, promoting shared learning and offering ideas to help embed best practice throughout the Blue Light community.

Read the case studies

Ready to sign up?

If you’re a senior leader and your organisation hasn’t already signed up, it’s easy. The button below will take you to the signup form on the Mental Health at Work site.