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 those who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population – yet are less likely to seek support.

Across Greater Manchester, there are over 18,000 staff and volunteers employed across the ambulance, fire, police and search and rescue services.

For these vital services to function effectively, it is important that individual wellbeing comes first, which is why we will be offering our ‘Blue Light Programme’ to every member of Greater Manchester’s emergency services.

Our available services are:

Relaxation Courses

This programme is aimed at developing and understanding relaxation, why we need it and how to incorporate it into everyday life. The sessions run for one hour.

Resilience Courses

A course designed for anyone who would like to work on changing negative behaviour patterns and learning how to better cope with fluctuating emotions, stressful situations or crisis. The aim of the course is not to get rid of the problem, but to give advice on how to better manage it. Sessions run for two hours.

Mindfulness Courses

This course will introduce participants to a number of different mindfulness practices that can help increase psychological and emotional resilience and decrease stress. Many recent scientific studies show that mindfulness changes the brain in a positive way so we are better able to cope with the difficulties that life can bring and feel happier and more connected. Sessions run for 2 hours.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Courses

A psycho-educational course, helping people to identify the cause and effects of stress. Participants learn practical skills such as time management, problem-solving and relaxation techniques that will help them manage their stress more effectively.

Computer-aided Cognitive Behavioural Courses

We offer a series of interactive self-help applications that are accessible via PCs, tablets or mobile phones. Based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), users can choose from three courses which focus on tackling the causes and symptoms of sleep difficulties, depression and low mood and anxiety/phobias.

One-to-one Counselling

A confidential service offering individuals face-to-face support with professionally qualified counsellors. Available to all emergency services staff; we offer counselling for a range of issues, whether personal or work-related.

Our expert staff deliver mental health advice and support to people across Greater Manchester every day, achieving positive results that enable people to manage and overcome their own personal mental health struggles.

Through our Blue Light Programme, we hope to work with staff and volunteers across Greater Manchester’s vital emergency services, to dispel stigma around mental health and to equip them with the tools needed to stay well at work and at home.

Enquire about a course

If you would like to book on to any of the Blue Light Programme courses, please fill in our confidential online referral form and we will get back to you shortly.

Please note, at this time, these services are only for Emergency Service Personnel in Greater Manchester. Please visit our training page, or the individual local Mind’s sites, for opportunities open to the wider community.

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