BAPCO Mental Health Hub

We all continue to deal with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

It’s difficult to talk about how ‘we’ are all doing this when where you live or work in the UK now affects what you may do, where and with whom.  Whilst we may have hoped the message would become clearer over time, that seems a remote possibility at the moment.  All we know for sure is that we will be dealing with this for some time to come.

How we deal with such matters is an immensely personal experience.  In a sector which is historically notorious for not sharing and ‘just getting on with things’, it’s great to see the growing acknowledgement and acceptance of Mental Health as an issue.  In this Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020), BAPCO is pleased and proud to open this new section on our website dedicated to this important subject.  I encourage you to help us and your colleagues to grow and develop this area.  Think about the combined experiences of the whole BAPCO community and the good we could do by sharing just some of that and the resources now available.

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Supporting Mental Health During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has plunged us all into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. With the prospect of several more weeks of disruption, unrelenting pressures and/or isolation, feelings of uncertainty, helplessness and loneliness will take a toll on colleagues' mental health. It is therefore imperative that we maintain support for our teams during these challenging times. There are proven methods of intervention that can readily be adopted for low-cost or no-cost, and we've pulled together this briefing note to help you recognise and respond to your teams' mental health needs.

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Supporting Mental Health During the Pandemic

16th Apr 2020

COVID-19 has plunged us all into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. With the prospect of several more weeks of disruption, unrelenting pressures and/or isolation, feelings of uncertainty, helplessness and loneliness will take a toll on colleagues' mental health. It is therefore imperative that we maintain support for our teams during these challenging times. There are proven methods of intervention that can readily be adopted for low-cost or no-cost, and we've pulled together this briefing note to help you recognise and respond to your teams' mental health needs.


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Heads Together

Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.


Mental Health at Work

Our Frontline: support for emergency services

Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, along with a collection of resources, tips and ideas chosen to support your mental health as you do your work to protect us all and keep the country going. For ambulance staff in England, call 0300 131 7000 from 7am to 11pm – or, for all other emergency services staff, text BLUELIGHT to 85258 for a text conversation or call 116 123 for a phone conversation at any time.


Mind

Mind - Blue light support for team 999

Our emergency services save lives every day. Managing their mental health matters. Our research shows blue light teams will always need support with their mental health, because of the pressures they face in their roles. Access our targeted support for staff, volunteers and employers across ambulance, fire, police, and search and rescue teams here.


Mental Health Foundation

Prevention is at the heart of our work in mental health.


Oscar Kilo

Oscar Kilo is the home of the National Police Wellbeing Service and brings assessment, learning and conversation about emergency services wellbeing into one place.


The Royal Foundation - Mental Health

We must change the conversation on mental health. At The Royal Foundation we will continue to tackle stigma and encourage more people to talk openly about mental health. We want to ensure that everyone’s understanding of the need to keep mentally fit is on a par with what we know about the need to eat healthily and to exercise. We are also supporting new services so people can find the right help they need, at the right time, and in the right place for them.


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

Through our training and campaigning, we equip people with the skills they need to support their own and others’ wellbeing.

We offer a range of evidence-based face to face and digital learning, from awareness raising to skill development. Our courses empower people to notice signs of mental ill health, and encourage them to break down barriers, listen in a non-judgemental way, and signpost to support for recovery. 

 

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