Top Tips for Blue Light Team Members
Things to do:
Resources and references
- Occupational Health
- External resources that may offer help:
- Jones, N, Fear N.T., Wessely, S., Thandi, G. and Greenberg, N. (2017) Forward psychiatry – early intervention for mental health problems among UK armed forces in Afghanistan European Psychiatry 39, 66-72
- Solomon Z, Mikulincer M. Trajectories of PTSD : A 20-year longitudinal study. American Journal of Psychiatry 2003 ; 1 63 : 659–666
- Stevenson D, Farmer P. Thriving at Work: The Stevenson/ Farmer Review of Mental Health and Employers. Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care; 2017
- Milligan-Saville JS, Tan L, Gayed A, Barnes C, Dobson M, Bryant RA, Christensen H, Mykletun A, Harvey SB. Workplace mental health training for managers and its effect on sick leave in employees: a cluster randomised control trial. Lancet Psychiatry 2017; 4: 850-85
- Other resources
- NHS Employers. NHS Staff Survey 2019. NHS Employers; 2020.
- Police Care UK. Policing: The job and the life survey Police Care UK; 2018
- Association of Chief Ambulance Officers. Supporting ambulance staff on mental health and wellbeing. Assocaition of Chief Ambulance Officers; 2019.
- College of Paramedics. Paramedic mental health and wellbeing: Your mental health. College of Paramedics; 2020.
- College of Paramedics. Guidance for managers on psychosocial support and mental wellbeing of ambulance personnel in a pandemic; 2020. Accessed 28 December 2020
- National Fire Chiefs Council. MIND Mental Health in the Emergency Services.
- Web resources:
- NHS People
- NHS Practitioner Health
- Psychological First Aid
- Mind: Blue Light Programme Research Summary 2016-18. London: Mind; 2018.
- March on Stress TRiM
- The Oscar Kilo Programme
- HeadFit - aimed at the military but trying to appeal to others too
- Critical incident stress management: Merseyside FRS
- MindEd Mindfulness e-learning session
- Other support groups and caring organisations you may find helpful include:
- The Samaritans – offers a 24- hour helpline for those in crisis. Tel: 116 123
- Cruse – Bereavement Care – Offers counselling, advice and support throughout the UK. Tel: 0808 808 1677
- Assist Trauma Care – Offers telephone counselling and support to individuals and families in the aftermath of trauma. Tel: 01788 551919.
- Drinkaware – offers facts, advice and support to manage drinking. Tel: 020 7766 9900
- Relate – offers relationship support for couples and families. Tel: 0300 0030396
- Stonewall – offers information, advice and support for gay, lesbian, bi, and trans communities. Tel: FREEPHONE 0800 0502020.
- Domestic Violence Intervention Project – offers advice and support to individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence as well as to individuals who want to change their behaviour. Tel: 020 7633 9181.
- The Ambulance Service Charity (TASC)
- Our Frontline
- Just B
- Shout – Mental Health At Work
- College of Paramedics
- The Fire Fighters Charity - offers a range of mental and physical health support, as well as residential stays.
- Assist Trauma Care - provides information and help for people with PTSD and anyone supporting them
- PTSD999 - support and training for serving and retired emergency services personnel
Further support is available from NHS England.
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