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We know that working in the emergency services has always been a challenging job, but since the pandemic it has been even harder.

You might be dealing with more work on top of your normal duties, and supporting people in more difficult situations. 

On this page, you can find resources to support you with your mental health. Find resources if you're in:

“I think we do a good job most of the time looking after the public, but we don't always look after ourselves to the same level.”

“I always felt like I had to stay strong... but that was the worst thing I could do, really, because everyone's got their limit, and I had reached mine.”

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“When I've had problems with my mental health or wellbeing, the most helpful thing has been the team's acceptance of me.”

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Emergency services staff and volunteers are routinely exposed to distressing and traumatic incidents, as well as having demanding workload pressures. As a result, they are more at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the general population.

You might find our information pages about PTSD helpful if you work or volunteer in the emergency services, or if you're a friend or family member of someone who does.

Blue Light webinar films

Learn to recognise what mental health problems are as well as practical ways you can look after your mental health. If you're a line manager, find out how to better manage the mental health of your staff and volunteers too.

With films designed for each of the services, the webinars share the experience, best practice and personal stories of real staff and volunteers working in your service.

Watch the webinars

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“You are not alone. Speak to someone you trust and share your feelings. This often helps you feel better and find a way forward. There are lots of support networks out there with people who have been in very similar positions, waiting to listen and help.”

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