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
Asking for help: search and rescue
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 search and rescue role
In search and rescue, 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.
Protecting your search and rescue 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.
Talking to someone who understands: search and rescue
Search and rescue 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 search and rescue
When someone close to you has a difficult or dangerous role, like search and rescue 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.
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
of search and rescue personnel have experienced stress, low mood or poor mental health at work.
Search and rescue personnel identified trauma as a trigger for poor mental health 40% more than any other factor
of search and rescue personnel said they used a hobby or other social activity as a coping mechanism