Overview

08 Mar, 20229:00 am-1:30 pm09 Mar, 20229:00 am-1:10 pm
Online Conference

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, 69% of emergency responders state that they feel their mental health has deteriorated following the pandemic as a result of increased workloads, increased exposure to traumatic events, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. Mind’s ‘Mental Health in the Emergency Services’ survey published in 2021 founds that ambulance service staff were the most likely (32%) to describe their mental health as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’, 25% of respondents from the police service and 20% from the fire service.

Following the agreement of the Mental Health at Work Commitment for The Emergency Services at the Emergency Services Senior Leader Symposium in November 2021 every emergency service organisation in the UK will:

  • Prioritise mental health in the workplace by developing and delivering a systematic programme of activity
  • Proactively ensure work design and organisational culture drive positive mental health outcomes
  • Promote an open culture around mental health
  • Increase organisational confidence and capability
  • Provide mental health tools and support
  • Increase transparency and accountability through internal and external reporting

The Improving Mental Health Support for Emergency Responders Forum is aimed at providing support for first responders, operational staff, support staff, call operators, and other ‘at risk’ emergency service personnel across the ‘blue light’, volunteer and search and rescue services in building stronger strategies to help tackle poor mental health in the workforce. As we look at the long-term impact and recovery from Covid-19, it is crucial for professionals to come together and develop strategies for more improvement.

Watch this video to find out more about the online event experience.

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Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Sector based networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Key Speakers

Dr Alistair Dobbin photo
Dr Alistair Dobbin
Founder
Foundation for Positive Mental Health
Dr Ceri Jones photo
Dr Ceri Jones
Clinical Psychology Lecturer at the Clinical Psychology Unit
University of Leicester
Holly Lynch MP photo
Holly Lynch MP
Advocate
Protect The Protectors Campaign
Rowena Hill photo
Rowena Hill
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Nottingham Trent University
Mike Downard photo
Mike Downard
Founder
Gratitude Games
Colm Porter photo
Colm Porter
National Ambulance Officer
UNISON
Nathan Jones photo
Nathan Jones
Co-Founder
Peak State
David Wiseman photo
David Wiseman
Co-Founder
Peak State

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Welcome to the Improving Mental Health Support for Emergency Responders Forum. We have designed this conference with virtual in mind from the outset and therefore have designed the day to be as practical and solutions focused as possible for you.

Rowena Hill
Rowena Hill
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed
9:40 am
Mind Keynote: The Blue Light Programme in Response to Covid-19

This session will:

  • Briefly reflect upon the 24/7 emotional support resource ‘Our Frontline’ as an initial response to key workers and emergency responders during the first national lockdown
  • Describe the re-introduction of the Blue Light Programme; focusing on the experiences of ambulance, fire and police emergency responders working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and how this has informed and shaped Mind’s response.
  • Highlight how the Blue Light Programme has provoked thought among the media and public around their perceptions of emergency responders, whilst challenging mental health stigma and encouraging the seeking of support within the emergency services
  • Showcase how collaboration with Charity partners across the UK led to the development of Blue Light Together – a new hub for UK emergency services staff, volunteers, retirees, and friends and family to find information, ideas, and support to help look after their and others’ mental health
  • Outline how Mind and The Royal Foundation have solidified a long-term commitment from governing bodies that ensures the mental health of emergency responders remains a firm priority beyond June 2022 when the Programme’s funding ceases.

 This session will include time for questions and answers

Jonathan Stuart
Jonathan Stuart
Senior Programme Officer - Blue Light Programme
Mind
Confirmed
10:20 am
Special Keynote: Protecting our Protectors Through Covid-19 and Beyond
  • Drawing upon the challenges of the pandemic, sharing insights into the statistics available on assaults on emergency responders, and how incidents of abuse can negatively impact mental health and wellbeing
  • Exploring how to better protect emergency responders from physical and verbal abuse when working with the public, challenging what is already being done and raising suggestions for new, improved measures of protection
  • Working to deliver a stronger understanding of what do in the case of an incident, the support in place to deal with the implications of this, and how to create a supportive environment for victims of attacks

This session will include time for questions and answers.

Holly Lynch MP
Holly Lynch MP
Advocate
Protect The Protectors Campaign
Confirmed
10:50 am
Supporting Emergency Responders by Providing a Safe Space for Self-Guided Help

This session will:

  • Explore the preventative support available to emergency workers to help prevent burnout through the Positive Mental Training (PosMT) supervised self-help audio programme that he co-developed
  • Gain insights into the link PosMT has to elite sport and examine the extent to which this contributes to the method’s popularity for tackling poor mental health in less receptive frontline workers
  • Explore some of the basic ways in which you can improve how you approach mental health issues with colleagues, highlighting some key techniques to initiate sensitive conversations in order to offer support

This session will include time for questions and answers.

Dr Alistair Dobbin
Dr Alistair Dobbin
Founder
Foundation for Positive Mental Health
Confirmed
11:30 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:50 am
Case Study: The Resilient Senior Leaders Programme (RESLEAPS) Peer Support Programme
  • Using combined peer support networks and reflective group practices work to foster an open and trusting culture in the Police
  • Reducing the stigma of seeking support, and creating a safe space to share concerns
  • Providing career-long support for emergency responders, including approaching retirement and post-retirement, where loss of role and purpose can contribute to suicidality and poor mental health
  • Exploring how to build programmes that enact enduring and positive change, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its users

 This session will include time for questions and answers.

Dr Ceri Jones
Dr Ceri Jones
Clinical Psychology Lecturer at the Clinical Psychology Unit
University of Leicester
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Working Together to Deliver Solutions that Better Support Emergency Responders Mental Health

During this session, delegates will be encouraged to put forward questions and their common challenges for the panel to discuss through our interactive platform.

 Panellists will:

  • Discuss strategies for effectively embedding a positive culture of mental health support, including measures for self-support, peer-support, risk recognition and referral pathways
  • Share some of the key methods the panellists have implemented to overcome their service-unique mental health challenges
  • Discussing the challenges that each emergency service has faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Evaluating what is required for emergency services to work collaboratively to ensure the highest quality mental health support is being provided to all emergency responders
Dr Jill Tolfrey
Dr Jill Tolfrey
Chief Executive
The Fire Fighters Charity
Confirmed
Andy Rhodes
Andy Rhodes
Director
National Police Wellbeing Service
Confirmed
Dr Fiona Bell
Dr Fiona Bell
Head of Research
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Invited
1:30 pm
Chair’s Close

*Programme subject to change.

Rowena Hill
Rowena Hill
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed
9:00 am
Your Tour of The Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Rowena Hill
Rowena Hill
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed
9:40 am
Special Keynote: John Sutherland

In this session, author and former Chief Superintendent at the Metropolitan Police John Sutherland will share insights into his career, as well as the impact that his career had on his mental health. Having experience mental health is first-hand, John’s session will be a candid exploration of the pressures of working in the emergency services.

This session will include time for questions and answers.

John Sutherland
John Sutherland
Policing Commentator, Author and Former Chief Superintendent
Metropolitan Police
Confirmed
10:20 am
International Case Study: Using Technology to Provide Mental Health Support to Frontline Workers

Peak Fortem is a collaboration between Fortem Australia, which provides support for emergency service workers and their families, and Peak State, a UK social enterprise backed by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. It aims to lessen the impact of first responders’ high-pressure roles by building their mental resilience.

  • Explore how online mental health service Peak Fortem bridged the gap between pre-incident training and post-incident support for first responders in Australia
  • Discuss some of the research informing the Peak Fortem model, which includes 20 cognitive behavioural techniques and emotional regulation strategies to improve mental wellbeing
  • Share some of the challenges service-users have been struggling with and how Peak Fortem has enabled them to overcome and manage these, offering guidance on the types of strategies you could implement in your own institution
  • Consider the role of technology in supporting mental health and wellbeing in emergency responders when used in partnership with professional support, peer support and clinical care

This session will include time for questions and answers.

Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones
Co-Founder
Peak State
Confirmed
David Wiseman
David Wiseman
Co-Founder
Peak State
Confirmed
10:50 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources, and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:10 am
Special Keynote: Supporting the Mental Health of Members at UNISON

This session:

  • Explore the programmes of work UNISON have run in order to improve the support for their emergency responder members
  • Share some of the challenges that UNISON faced in implementing this, reflecting on the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of emergency responders
  • Discuss plans for future programmes

This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Colm Porter
Colm Porter
National Ambulance Officer
UNISON
Confirmed
11:50 am
Caring For Our Carers: The Laura Hyde Foundation

Established in late 2017 by Liam Barnes, after his cousin Laura passed away from suicide, The Laura Hyde Foundation aims to ensure that any medical or emergency service personnel  has access to the required mental health support at all times.

In this session you will:

  • Understand the Laura Hyde Foundation’s story and how they have become the leading mental health charity in the UK for all frontline emergency service and healthcare workers
  • Learn how clinically supervised, independent and free of charge set of support services can be accessed and what it can do
  • Take away how LHF can help staff and employers improve wellbeing and mental health support provisions in their workplace

This session will include time for questions and answers.

Liam Barnes
Liam Barnes
Founder
The Laura Hyde Foundation
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Case Study: Bringing Together Our Frontline Staff at the Gratitude Games

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the ‘Gratitude Games’ which aims to bring together personnel from 17 different types of emergency services spanning across the UK in a multi-sport event to raise money to expand mental healthcare provision for frontline staff
  • Examine the impact of trauma and stress experienced by emergency responders on a macro-level, considering how the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated both the frequency and severity of traumatic cases for many emergency services
  • Discuss the gaps in mental health and wellbeing provision and training for emergency responders in dealing with their own mental health concerns
  • Explore why now is the time to capitalise on the empathy and support from the public demonstrated by the public during the pandemic to start to build strong and durable networks of support and programmes specifically targeted at improving the mental health of emergency service workers

This session will include time for questions and answers.

Mike Downard
Mike Downard
Founder
Gratitude Games
Confirmed
1:10 pm
Chair’s Close

*Programme subject to change.

Rowena Hill
Rowena Hill
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed to be a multi-sector event including emergency services, local authorities, central government and the voluntary sector. Focusing on the importance of cross-sector collaboration in effectively delivering mental health provision and support to emergency responders. Typical job titles attending this event include:

  • Blue Light Collaboration Managers
  • Blue Light Strategy Advisors
  • Chief Inspectors
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Fire Officers
  • HR Team Leader
  • Heads of Resilience
  • Employee Support Services
This Forum is also open to the private sector in order to encourage debate and networking.

Pricing

  • Public Sector Rate (Crime Sector/ NHS/ Fire and Rescue/ Local Government)
    £295 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector (Large - £1Million+ Annual Income)
    £245 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector (Small- Under £1Million Annual Income)
    £195 + VAT
  • Private Sector
    £395 + VAT