Emergency responders

Supporting the mental health of emergency responders

We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our emergency services.  The current crisis has shown their personal sacrifice and willingness to put the interests of others above their own.

This work was born out of a recognition that, even in normal times, the work of the emergency responder community places tremendous demands on their mental health and wellbeing. They are regularly exposed to trauma and violence and coping with distressing experiences is an all too common aspect of their working lives. They are often separated from their families, working long, unpredictable and antisocial hours. Given these strains, it is vital that all necessary steps are taken to safeguard their wellbeing and mental health.

The Royal Foundation is committed to doing all it can to support the emergency responder community.

Our Frontline

The Royal Foundation is supporting Our Frontline, a new round the clock mental health and bereavement support to those working on the frontline against the Coronavirus.

Leading mental health charities Mind, Samaritans, Shout, and Hospice UK have come together to launch the service, with support from The Royal Foundation. Our Frontline provides a combination of 1-2-1 support and online resources for NHS workers, carers, the Blue Light emergency services and key workers who are putting their mental health under pressure.

Find out more about Our Frontline

Our Frontline

The Royal Foundation is supporting Our Frontline, a new round the clock mental health and bereavement support to those working on the frontline against the Coronavirus.

Leading mental health charities Mind, Samaritans, Shout, and Hospice UK have come together to launch the service, with support from The Royal Foundation. Our Frontline provides a combination of 1-2-1 support and online resources for NHS workers, carers, the Blue Light emergency services and key workers who are putting their mental health under pressure.

Find out more about Our Frontline

The Emergency Responders Senior Leaders Board

The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation convened The Emergency Responder Senior Leader Board – the first of its kind, bringing together leaders from across all of the UK’s emergency services on the issue of mental health. It will promote collaborative working across the nation’s emergency services to ensure that all emergency responders receive the mental health support they need.

The Board was established by His Royal Highness in response to a recommendation arising from a research project commissioned by The Royal Foundation in 2018, looking into the mental health and wellbeing of emergency responders in the UK. Conducted by King’s College London and the Open University, the work identified a need for greater sharing of ‘better practice’ across the emergency services sector to best support the mental health of its workforces.

The Emergency Responders Senior Leaders Board

The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation convened The Emergency Responder Senior Leader Board – the first of its kind, bringing together leaders from across all of the UK’s emergency services on the issue of mental health. It will promote collaborative working across the nation’s emergency services to ensure that all emergency responders receive the mental health support they need.

The Board was established by His Royal Highness in response to a recommendation arising from a research project commissioned by The Royal Foundation in 2018, looking into the mental health and wellbeing of emergency responders in the UK. Conducted by King’s College London and the Open University, the work identified a need for greater sharing of ‘better practice’ across the emergency services sector to best support the mental health of its workforces.

“Millions of frontline workers across the UK have put their physical and mental health on the line to protect us all during the Coronavirus pandemic. Every day they confront traumatic situations at the same time as having to contend with their own worries about the risks to themselves and their families. Catherine and I, together with The Royal Foundation, will do all we can to support Our Frontline. This work will be our top priority for the months ahead.”

– The Duke of Cambridge