Blue Light Together – the UK’s largest online wellbeing platform for members of the NHS and emergency services has been relaunched by Blue Light Card Foundation, in partnership with Rightsteps. An online wellbeing platform dedicated to supporting those working in healthcare, emergency services, armed forces, and other frontline services, Blue Light Together will relaunch on 1st November. This platform has been relaunched at a time when the need for mental health assistance for these sectors has never been greater.
In a recent survey of emergency services workers, 62% of respondents said that they considered leaving their job because of the impact it has on their wellbeing. Blue Light Together aims to better equip frontline workers with the tools to cope with the stressors of working in the sector.
Launched in partnership with Rightsteps, the platform provides a comprehensive catalogue of support to assist those in need of resources or immediate mental health assistance. Ranging from clinically-backed content to mental health signposting for friends and family, the platform aims to better support frontline workers in dealing with the day-to-day challenges of their job alongside wider societal issues, including the current cost of living crisis.
Naomi Adie, General Manager of Blue Light Card Foundation, said:
“The relaunch of the Blue Light Together programme signifies a huge step forward for the prioritisation and de-stigmatisation of wellbeing within the Blue Light community. We are proud to be collaborating with Rightsteps, TASC (The Ambulance Staff Charity), The Fire Fighters Charity, Police Care UK, and The Royal Foundation to provide a platform for all members of the community to find support. This ongoing collaboration provides a roadmap for greater connection and inclusivity within the services to ensure our common goal of improving the wellbeing of those who do the most for us.”
Dave Lewis, Principal at Rightsteps, said:
“We are proud to be working alongside the Blue Light Card Foundation to create Blue Light Together. Here at Rightsteps we pride ourselves on the support we offer to workplaces when it comes to the provision of mental health and wellbeing support, so to be able to create a platform for those of us who work within the Blue Light community is very special. Within the platform, the community will find a wealth of clinically supported information, inspirational stories and information to help you support your own wellbeing as well as those around you.”
Karl Demian, TASC’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“Emergency responders across the Blue Light family face challenges almost every day that can, and do, impact on their lives and wellbeing. While all the services have their own identities and different challenges, all of us that support them should come to together to share, learn and ensure that they all have access to information on the help that is available. That is why TASC is proud to be a partner in Blue Light Together supported by the Blue Light Card Foundation.”
Upon launch on Wednesday 1 November, the first phase of the platform enables users to access support in four key areas: cost of living, PTSD, stress and burnout, and healthy living, with further expansion to follow in the coming months. The platform will also enable family members of those in the Blue Light community to seek support for their loved ones, along with employers seeking to lead the way in providing greater mental and physical health provisions for their staff.Learn more