Working or volunteering in the fire 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

If you’re in Scotland

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

Why your mental health is important


of fire and rescue staff feel their mental health has deteriorated as a result of the pandemic


of fire and rescue personnel said that the mental health support and advice offered by their organisation as helpful


of fire and rescue staff have used exercise as a way to cope with the pressures of the pandemic

Most fire and rescue staff have struggled with not being able to see friends and family during the pandemic

Data from Mind research in 2015 and 2021

Real life stories

Assistant Operations Manager, fire service

“Work can be hard – as a control operator you can hear some very traumatic things. Incidents can linger with you, or in some cases stay in your memory for the rest of your life.”

The Blue Light Programme is a partnership between Mind and the emergency services community, including our charity partner The Fire Fighters 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