If ever we needed a reminder of why it’s so important to look after our mental wellbeing, it’s right now – following a global pandemic, three lockdowns and a year of uncertainty and loss of control.

So to mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and running from 10 to 16 May 2021, we’re here to remind you why you need to be kind to yourself, during the virus and beyond.

So we thought we’d pull together some of the mental health resources we’ve produced. Hopefully there is something in there for everyone.

How can we support your mental health?

First things first, remember while The Fire Fighters Charity temporarily closed its centres through some of the last year, it has always remained open to help beneficiaries. If you’re struggling, for whatever reason, pick up the phone or complete a form online and give us a ring. Our Support Line is open from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, so phone 0800 389 8820 to speak to a member of our team.

We have worked to enhance our mental health provision in order to offer telephone and video consulting for those with a specific need, which will continue in the months to come. Subject to the easing of government restrictions from 17 May, we will be able to offer support to those with a psychological health need at our Harcombe House site. If you are in need of our support, our practitioners will work with you to identify the best solution to meet your needs.

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

Beneficiaries can also access Togetherall, an online mental health service where you can confidentially discuss whatever’s on your mind, as well as 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.

Mental health advice

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, especially as we ease out of another lockdown.

Five life rings to throw someone struggling with their mental health
Sometimes we all need a little extra help with our mental health. Whether it’s someone you care about who is struggling or you would like help for yourself, here are five places you can turn for support.

Self-help articles to support your mental health

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.

Why is gardening so good for our wellbeing? 
Nursing Services Lead Kath Savage explains why gardening has proven benefits for both our mental and physical wellbeing, and offers some top tips for enjoying the stress-busting qualities of the great outdoors.

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

If, like us, you’re passionate about protecting the mental health of the UK’s fire service heroes, please consider donating to our Charity. Every pound you donate will genuinely change someone’s life for the better and, as the coronavirus pandemic has seen our fundraising income drop, your generosity at this time will help us greatly.

We can’t do what we do without people like you. Thank you.