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New top tips for “Blue Light” colleagues added to MindEd programme

Posted on: May 26th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A collection of helpful short tips to support emergency services colleagues who experience stress and trauma as a result of their jobs has been added to Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh)’s MindEd programme.

The tips and advice, which are aimed at team leaders and colleagues within “Blue Light” services including police, ambulance, fire and rescue, focus on enhancing the physical and mental wellbeing of staff who find themselves working in difficult situations.

Top Tips for Blue Light Managers and Team Leaders are intended to help:

  • build psychosocial resilience and wellbeing across teams and organisations
  • reduce risk of burn-out
  • support those with additional mental health and wellbeing needs

Top Tips for Blue Light Team Members include:

  • building healthy, mutual support between colleagues
  • managing one’s own stress
  • managing the stress of colleagues
  • reducing risk of burn-out

To access the top tips, which have been developed by experts and members of Blue Light services, please visit the Top Tips for Blue Light Staff programme page.

To complement these tips, 4 additional e-learning sessions will be added to the MindEd programme from June 2021. These include 3 standard knowledge-based sessions on the topics of organisational wide mental wellbeing, how colleagues can support each other effectively and how to stay mentally well while spotting warning signs. A skills building session will also cover key skills around resilience, trust and confidentiality, and provide a case study to demonstrate how staff can have conversations with peers if they are concerned.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.

For more information and to access the programme’s resources, please visit the MindEd programme page.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies