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
Asking for help: fire
It can feel difficult to ask for help when you need it – especially when you spend much of your time helping others. But there are some steps you can take to build your confidence.
I’ve seen something traumatic in my fire service role
In the fire service, you’re more likely to experience something traumatic 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: fire
Fire service roles are some of the hardest there are. 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 fire service
When someone close to you is in a difficult or dangerous field, like the fire 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.
Protecting your fire service team’s mental wellbeing
A few simple tips can go a long way to making you feel more confident talking about mental health and wellbeing with your colleagues.
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
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.