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Lifelines Scotland is here to help YOU stay safe and well

Who we support...

Whether you work, volunteer or are retired from one of Scotland’s emergency response organisations there will probably be a time when our resources will be helpful. We know that not everyone sees themselves as an “emergency responder” so we want those of you working in non-frontline roles to know that this site is for you too. And for all of your family and friends.

Find support now...

Get help now by clicking here to see national resources for ALL responders and their families. You can also visit our pages for Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, Police or Volunteer responders for service specific support.

What we can help with...

We will explain what protects you in your work or volunteering role and how you can stay well, cope with stress and boost your resilience. You’ll also find information on how to be a supportive colleague and where you can access advice should you or your family need more help.

A bit more about us...

Lifelines Scotland is a Scottish Government funded project run by the team at NHS Lothian’s Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress who have decades of experience supporting emergency responders and providing treatment when they get psychologically injured.
Lifelines was established in 2016, to support the wellbeing of Scotland’s volunteer responder community and in 2020 we became a resource for all emergency responders in Scotland. We’re funded by the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and the Fire Fighters Charity and are working in partnership with all those who share an interest in supporting the wellbeing of our country’s responders.

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Jeane Freeman

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

“Our emergency services work hard to keep people across Scotland safe every day and their welfare is crucially important. They often face challenging and dangerous situations, which can have an impact on mental wellbeing. Extending the Lifelines Scotland programme will support the resilience and welfare of front line responder staff in blue light services across the country, to ensure they feel supported, informed and valued.”

Pauline Howie

Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service

“Our staff do an amazing job often in very challenging circumstances and I am very proud of the hard work, dedication and professionalism that staff in all roles show on a daily basis. Staying well and ensuring good mental health is absolutely vital and we encourage our staff to make use of the resources available to support themselves and their colleagues. Lifelines Scotland plays a key role and I would encourage all emergency service workers across Scotland to seek out the help that they offer.”

Martin Blunden

Chief officer, scottish fIre & rescue

"I believe mental health must be placed on parity with physical health. We are continuing to work in very close partnership with Lifelines Scotland who support our firefighter trainee courses, ensuring our newest firefighters are equipped with the tools and knowledge to look after their own mental health and spot the signs of mental ill health in others. Being an emergency responder is a privileged position to hold, and it can also bring its challenges and stresses. That is why I would urge all of our staff and all of Scotland's emergency responders to make use of this website... because our mental health matters.”

Iain Livingstone

chief constable, police scotland

"The mental health and physical safety of our officers and staff is a priority for the service and we have a range of tools and networks to support wellbeing and resilience. I've made a personal commitment to implement new initiatives to support and enhance our understanding of mental health issues. I greatly value our association with Lifelines Scotland. The additional support and information it provides to our officers and staff - and their families - is an invaluable resource."

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Events

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