Looking out for your family or friend in search and rescue
When a loved one is in a difficult or dangerous field, like search and rescue, it’s natural to sometimes feel worried for them. You might be able to see how the stress of their role affects their daily life, or you might be concerned they are keeping their feelings ‘bottled up’. And if what they do sometimes brings them into contact with danger, that’s a worry for you too.
However, as a friend or a member of their family, there are ways you can help. Understanding a bit about their situation, and being familiar with some tips that might be useful for them, can go a long way. Take a few minutes to have a look through the Mind booklet on stress and anxiety for an insight.
Then, it’s important to have the confidence to ask how they are – and be prepared for the conversation that might follow. R U OK has created some sample conversations you can use to help your loved one to open up about their experiences, and offers links to further support if you need it.
I’m a family member or friend of a volunteer responder
If you’re a family member or friend of a volunteer responder, your role is essential. Without supportive people around them, the volunteer community wouldn’t exist.
This page from Lifelines Scotland is filled with advice and information on what life is like for them, how you can help, and – really importantly – how to make sure you’re OK yourself.
- 10 min read
Welcome to the team: what to expect when someone in your family volunteers with us
Families have a central and vital role in supporting mountain rescue teams – but there can be some adjustments required.
This booklet is full of information about what to expect, how you can help, and what support there is for you.
It’s marked as Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, but the content is the same for all areas of Scotland.
- 15 min read