Ambulance - how to manage your mental wellbeing

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Useful contacts

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list of all the sources of support available for ambulance service personnel. We encourage you to get in touch with our Infoline to get information about region-specific sources of support, or speak to your occupational health unit to see what's available in your trust.

Mind Blue Light Infoline

0300 303 5999 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)
text: 84999
bluelightinfo@mind.org.uk

mind.org.uk/bluelight

The Blue Light Infoline offers confidential, independent and practical support, advice and signposting around mental health and wellbeing. The Infoline is just for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families, to help keep you or those you care about well for work.

Mind Blue Light App

nebluelight.org.uk/app.aspx

The free Blue Light North East Network App has a mood tracker plus information and advice on how to stay mentally well and look after your wellbeing.

Be Mindful

bemindful.co.uk

Information, and details of local mindfulness courses and therapists.

Bereavement Advice Centre

0800 634 9494
bereavementadvice.org

Support for people who have been bereaved.

Blue Lamp Foundation

0871 2345 999
bluelamp-foundation.org

Offers financial aid to emergency service workers who have been injured in the course of duty.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0161 705 4304
babcp.com

Lists accredited therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300
itsgoodtotalk.org.uk

For practitioners in your area.

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (England); 0344 477 2020 (Wales)
citizensadvice.org.uk

Confidential advice on a range of issues.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

020 3178 2199
cnhc.org.uk

Register of complementary healthcare practitioners.

Cruse Bereavement Care

0844 477 9400 (national helpline)
helpline@cruse.org.uk
cruse.org.uk

Bereavement charity offering online, telephone and face-to-face support.

Direct.gov.uk

direct.gov.uk/en/employment

Information about employment rights and services, and career advice.

Mood diaries

moodpanda.com
moodscope.com
medhelp.org/land/mood-tracker
mappiness.org.uk

Some examples to try. There are many more available.

Samaritans

Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
Chris, PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour helpline: 116 123
jo@samaritans.org
samaritans.org

Emotional support for anyone in distress.

The Ambulance Services Charity (TASC)

0800 1032999 (support line)
theasc.org.uk

Provides support to current and retired ambulance services personnel, their families and dependents.

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955
psychotherapy.org.uk

List of registered practitioners.


This information was published in May 2015. We will revise it in 2018.

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