Working or volunteering in the ambulance service can take a lot out of you – whatever your role.

It’s important to protect your mental health as best you can – on a daily basis, not just after the dramatic moments. Those around you play a big part in this too: colleagues, leaders, friends and family.

Scroll down for some useful starting points and extra support in Scotland, or

Photo by CJ Clarke / London Ambulance Service

If you’re in Scotland

Please visit our friends at Lifelines Scotland for information and resources for the ambulance community in Scotland.

Why your mental health is important


of ambulance staff feel their mental health has deteriorated as a result of the pandemic


of ambulance staff said that they did not access support, as they did not think their issue was serious enough


of ambulance staff said that their workload had increased due to the pandemic


of ambulance staff told us that their mental health had been affected by pressure from management

Data from Mind research in 2015 and 2021

Real life stories

Photo from London Ambulance Service


“The past 18 months have aged me physically and mentally. I have been proud to work alongside my colleagues as the work has been so different to what we were used to.”

Emergency Dispatcher

“At work, we are making life changing decisions in more difficult situations than ever before. These decisions are ones we are taking home with us.”

The Blue Light Programme is a partnership between Mind and the emergency services community, including our charity partner The Ambulance Staff Charity.

Get help now

For free, confidential, emotional support:

Call 0300 303 4434 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, for trauma and bereavement support from Just B

Text BLUELIGHT to 85258

Or call 116 123 anywhere, any time, to talk to Samaritans