The Blue Light Programme - National Stress Awareness Day

04 November 2015

Do something different for your wellbeing for National Stress Awareness Day

One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year and independent research conducted by the mental health charity Mind, shows that emergency service workers are more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population.

With the stresses of their work, it is so important for police officers and police staff to look out for each other.  In recognition of National Stress Awareness Day on Weds 4 November, we are encouraging police officers and staff  to promote the ‘do something different’ campaign.  Throughout the past few weeks, police employees have been supporting the Mind Blue Light programme with their National Stress Awareness Day campaign which highlights things that can be done differently to support the mental health of themselves and our colleagues.

We know it can be difficult to talk about mental health and to ask for support, and Mind’s research found that eight out of ten respondents think colleagues would be more comfortable talking about physical health than mental health.  That’s why it’s important for police officers and staff to feel comfortable talking with their colleagues around their mental wellbeing, because mental health matters.

Police Officers and staff can also get involved by tweeting what they plan to do differently to @MindBlueLight using the hashtag #mybluelight.  There are lots of ideas on what can be done differently and more ways to get involved at mind.org.uk/bluelightdsd

Information leaflets

Managing mental wellbeing

Managing stress and anxiety

Seeking help for a mental health problem

Supporting a colleague with a mental health problem