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
Asking for help: ambulance
It can feel really difficult to ask for help when you need it – especially when you spend much of your time, whether working or volunteering, in helping others. But there are some steps you can take to build your confidence in having difficult conversations with colleagues.
I’ve seen something traumatic in my ambulance role
Sadly, in the ambulance service, you’re much more likely to experience something traumatic in your role than the general population. While you might feel like you’re able to cope in the moment, it’s important to process these things properly.
Talking to someone who understands: ambulance
Ambulance roles are some of the hardest. It can be useful to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through – here are some options.
Looking out for your family or friend in the ambulance service
When someone close to you is in a difficult or stressful field, like the ambulance service can be, it’s natural to feel worried for them sometimes. Here are a few tips that can help, and some suggestions for where to look further.
Coping with student life for trainee paramedics
Adjusting to student life can be tough – and paramedic training can cover some difficult subjects on top of that. We’ve collected a few pointers.
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
Real life stories
“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.”
“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.