Search and rescue

Working or volunteering in search and rescue 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 volunteer community in Scotland.

Why your mental health is important

54%

of search and rescue personnel have experienced stress, low mood or poor mental health at work.

50%

Search and rescue personnel identified trauma as a trigger for poor mental health 40% more than any other factor

48%

of search and rescue personnel said they used a hobby or other social activity as a coping mechanism

Data from Mind research in 2015 and 2021

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