If ever we needed a reminder of why it’s so important to look after our mental wellbeing, it’s following the last several months of uncertainty.

So to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October, 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. Hopefully there is something in there for everyone.

How can we support your mental health?

First things first, remember The Fire Fighters Charity is here for you. If you feel you’d benefit from support, you can pick up the phone or complete a form online and give us a ring. Our Assessment Practitioner team will take the time to understand the challenges you are facing and explore how the Charity may be able to support you. 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.

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 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 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 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.