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Lifelines songs, books and films

We’ve collected some of the things that help us understand wellbeing and mental health; some specific to emergency service folk and some for all of us. Music, words and images to remind us of the power of friendship, the beauty of the world and the joy of being alive.

We hope you enjoy them. Please let us know if you have any to share!.
Listen to our specially curated Lifelines playlist on Spotify

Books by responders

Dan Farnworth: 999 My life on the Frontline of the Ambulance Service

Natalie Harris: Save-My-Life-School

John Sutherland: Blue – Keeping the peace and falling to pieces

John Sutherland: Crossing the Line – Lessons from a Life on Duty

Sabrina Cohen Hatton: The Heat of the Moment

Books on general mental health & wellbeing

Rotime Akinsete: This Book Could Help – the Men’s Head Space Manual

Tim Cantopher: Stress-Related Illness – Advice for people who give too much

Tim Cantopher: Depression – Curse of the Strong

Steven Southwick and Dennis Charney: Resilience – The science of mastering life’s challenges

Steve Haines: Trauma is Really Strange

Claudia Zayfert and Jason deViva: When Someone You Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress

Aphrodite Matsakis: Loving Someone with PTSD

Matt Haig: Notes on a Nervous Planet

Matt Haig: Reasons to Stay Alive

James Withey and Olivia Sagan: The Recovery Letters – Addressed to people experiencing depression

Chip Conley: Emotional Equations – Simple Truths for creating happiness + success

William Sieghart: The Poetry Pharmacy – Tried and true prescriptions for the heart, mind and soul

Alain de Botton: Art as Therapy

Staying Alive – Real Poems for Unreal Times


OPERATOR (about working in fire control)

BLOOM – an animation about loneliness and hope

PIPER -  an animation about perseverance

INSIDE OUT (trailer) understanding our emotions

OPENING DOORS -Trauma-informed practice for the workforce (NHS Education for Scotland)

SEWING SEEDS – Trauma-informed practice for anyone working with children and young people (NHS Education for Scotland)

STRESS AND THE BRAIN – a rap explanation  

ASK, TELL - SAVE A LIFE – Look after your mental health (NHS Education for Scotland)

ASK, TELL - SAVE A LIFE – Have a healthy conversation (NHS Education for Scotland)

ASK, TELL - SAVE A LIFE – Every life matters (NHS Education for Scotland)

UK Trauma Council film on Childhood trauma

THE GIFT & POWER OF EMOTIONAL COURAGE inspiring TED Talk by psychologist Susan David  

A few things to lift your spirit

Paris Opera Ballet: Dancing at home

William Letford: This Is It

Aerial footage of Scotland

Beaver munching cabbage (listening is said to reduce stress levels by up to 17%!)  

Sneezing Panda