Press Release: FREE support to local emergency service workers from Birmingham Mind

Following a successful first round of courses, our local mental health charity will be delivering a second round of free Resilience courses as part of Mind’s year-long ‘Blue Light’ Programme, a major initiative working to raise awareness of mental health, tackle stigma and discrimination, build resilience and provide information and support to emergency services staff and volunteers across England.

One in four people experience a mental health problem every year and emergency services personnel are even more likely to be affected. Recent research by Mind found that 87 per cent of emergency services staff and volunteers had experienced stress, low mood and poor mental health at some point while working for the emergency services.

Birmingham Mind is one of nine local Minds in England selected to provide this tailored resilience course to emergency services staff and volunteers.

Feedback from the first course held earlier this year, has been positive.

A Police Officer from Staffordshire said:

I can’t recommend this course highly enough – it’s invaluable. For somebody who works in emergency services, it’s vital to be able to understand the problems associated with prolonged stress. I think a lot of people are under stress and don’t even realise it. This course has given me the tools to be able to recognise the signs and a way of dealing with them.

I felt dubious about this……… however having been on the course I found it absolutely inspirational. It’s not just a question of going through the motions, all the attendees really engaged with the course and really got something from it. Now it’s ended I feel quite sad but I’m looking forward to putting what I’ve learned into practice.

Helen Wadley, CEO of Birmingham Mind, said:

We were really pleased to be one of the nine local Minds in England selected to deliver this ground breaking course. We know that emergency services personnel in West Midlands have a challenging job to do, regularly coming up against traumatic events that can affect their health and wellbeing. That’s why it’s so important that they are supported, and this course helps equip staff and volunteers with the skills they need to quickly identify and overcome the symptoms of stress and poor mental health. The first course was well-attended, and we hope to see a similar uptake this time around.

Now looking to sign up its next round of participants, the bespoke course is delivered one morning or afternoon a week over a six-week period in partnership with the University of Oxford and draws on Mind’s expertise in mental health wellbeing, along with input from Blue light staff. Designed as a preventative measure, the course provides emergency service staff with the tools and skills to better cope with stress, anxiety, relationship issues, social pressures and difficult emotions like anger, reducing the chance of them developing into more serious mental health problems and helping staff and volunteers to continue performing their roles well.

The second course offered by Birmingham Mind begins on Friday 11th September  and will be held in Birmingham B7 4HW

Emergency services staff and volunteers in West Midlands can sign up for the course by visiting To find out more about Mind’s ‘Blue light’ programme, email




Notes to Editors:

Spokespeople are available for interview. Please phone Becky Nolan on  0121 237 3761 or email for more information.

About Birmingham Mind:

Birmingham Mind is the largest independent mental health charity providing services in and beyond the City of Birmingham’s boundaries.

We promote wellbeing and recovery, provide high quality support and challenge the stigma of mental distress.

We are affiliated to Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.

About Mind:

  • We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.
  • Please note that Mind is not an acronym and should be set in title case.
  • Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday)

About the Blue Light programme:

  • Mind has been awarded LIBOR funding to develop a major new programme of mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services across England. Find out more about the programme at

About the Blue Light Infoline:

  • The Blue Light Infoline offers confidential, independent and practical support, advice and signposting around mental health and wellbeing to emergency service staff, volunteers and their families in England.
  • The Infoline is available by phoning 0300 303 5999 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, and calls are charged at local rates), emailing or texting 84999. Emails and texts will be responded to by an adviser during Infoline working hours.
  • Advisers will look for details of help and support in your own area or relevant to your emergency service.
  • Unfortunately advisers are unable to offer an emotional listening service or counselling through the Infoline.