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Event Summary

Last week the Government announced the new Police Covenant for mental health.  Mind is focused on its Blue Light Programme.  Research has been recently published on mental health in Blue Light Services.  However, with all ten ambulance services across England recently declaring a ‘critical incident’, Emergency Services have their own emergency.

Already under relentless, and increasing, pressure, the pandemic exacerbated demand on stretched resources.  It added stress, and necessitated greater resourcefulness and resilience across Police, Ambulance, and Fire and Rescue than ever before.

Join us at our timely conference, as we share support strategies.  You’ll gain invaluable frontline insights; and hear unique experiences from our service spotlights on issues like de-stigmatisation.  Our expert Blue Light panels will discuss challenges in common and techniques for coping through early identification, peer support, and how to avoid burnout.

Resilience is good: prevention is better.  We’ll discuss practical solutions for prevention.  We’ll tackle important questions: how can you work best in a demanding and under-staffed environment?  How best to protect the mental health of your staff, as well as answering the calls of the public?  How can you stay resilient in the face of unprecedented challenge?

Our established and rigorously researched annual event shares techniques, insights, and practical solutions to answer these questions and help support the mental health of our vital Emergency Services. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, question speakers and network with peers.

Key Points

  • You’ll hear expert insight on the intentions of the new Police Covenant.
  • Gain valuable feedback about the new National Police Wellbeing Service, Oscar Kilo.
  • You’ll learn about Devon and Cornwall Police’s national Surfwell programme, for wellbeing and peer support, to improve performance and reduce sickness.
  • Hear strategies for de-stigmatising mental health, with spotlights on Fire and Rescue and the Police. How do you prevent internalizing issues, if it’s seen as failure?
  • We’ll shine light on specific issues through case studies, for example: responding to the trauma and stress of the pandemic on Ambulance Services and managing PTSD.
  • Experts will share best practice on training and supporting line managers to better support the mental health of their reports, dealing with shifts, and uncertain hours.
  • We’ll look at preventative support with specialist advice on tackling concerns like alcohol misuse, sleep deprivation, and suicide.
  • We will spotlight additional pressures for diverse groups in each service, around ethnicity, disability, and women’s health.
  • We’ll spotlight communication strategies, pathways and accessibility to services.