Fire and rescue - how to manage your mental wellbeing

Explains how to manage mental wellbeing if you work in the fire and rescue service, including how to build resilience and where to go for support.

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Useful contacts

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list of all the sources of support available for fire and rescue 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 service.

Mind Blue Light Infoline

0300 303 5999 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)
text: 84999

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

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

Information, and details of local mindfulness courses and therapists.

Bereavement Advice Centre

0800 634 9494

Support for people who have been bereaved.

Big White Wall

Online community and forum overseen by trained advisers.

Blue Lamp Foundation

0871 2345 999

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

Lists accredited therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300

For practitioners in your area.

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (England); 0344 477 2020 (Wales)

Confidential advice on a range of issues.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

020 3178 2199

Register of complementary healthcare practitioners.

Cruse Bereavement Care

0844 477 9400 (national helpline)

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

Information about employment rights and services, and career advice.

Mood diaries

Some examples to try. There are many more available.


Chris, PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour helpline: 116 123

Emotional support for anyone in distress.

The Fire Fighters Charity

0800 389 8820

The Fire Fighters Charity provides services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families.

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955

List of registered practitioners.

Women in the Fire Service UK

01366 381 237

Voluntary organisation aimed at supporting women in the fire service and promoting gender equality.

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

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