If ever we needed a reminder of why it’s so important to look after our mental wellbeing, it’s following the last few years of uncertainty. So we’re here to remind you why you need to be kind to yourself.

We’ve pulled together some of the mental health resources we’ve produced, plus some important links to keep in mind if you need help. Hopefully there is something in there for everyone.

As part of our dedication to delivering new health and wellbeing advice constantly, from our expert teams, you can also join our health, wellbeing and social space, MyFFC, which is packed full of exclusive articles, expert advice, videos, guided relaxations, and so much more.

On top of that, MyFFC offers the chance to reconnect with the wider fire services community through dedicated groups. Join the online community now:

Register for MyFFC

Here are a few self-help tools to get you started:

Why self care isn’t selfish
Being kind to yourself is not a concept that comes naturally to many of us, but taking a bit of time out of each day for some self care might just be the best thing you could do for your own wellbeing.

Using physical activity in the treatment of depression
What impact can physical exercise have on mental health? Jubilee House Exercise Therapist Gayle Robinson explains how getting moving can help you cope with depression.

Sleep better, feel better
Getting enough sleep is so important for both our physical and mental health. We have shared our top tips for improving your sleep hygiene.

Spot the signs of stress and anxiety
Our Psychological Therapists are here to help you spot the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety in everyday life.

Don’t let stress get the better of you
Our Psychological Services Lead, Jane Rosso, shares some advice about coping with stress during these uncertain times.

How can we support your mental health?

We’re here for you. If you feel you’d benefit from support, you can pick up the phone and call our Support Line on 0800 389 8820, complete a form online or register for MyFFC and visit the ‘Access Support’ tab. Our Assessment Practitioner team will take the time to understand the challenges you are facing and explore how we may be able to support you.

If something is causing you stress or anxiety in your home life, our Welfare Team may be able to help too. You can read more about ways they could support you here.

Beneficiaries can also access Lifelines Scotland, designed to support positive mental health among Scotland’s emergency responders.

We have also been working with Orcha, the World’s leading health app evaluation and advisor organisation, to provide our beneficiaries with access to a library of reviewed and evaluated health and wellbeing apps.

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