Lifelines Scotland

Why I’m ok most of the time

It’s not an accident when we’re able to cope with the challenges that life throws at us.

On these pages you’ll find information about good mental health and what helps us be resilient in the face of adversity and trauma, as well as advice on how you can be a supportive colleague or manager. 

These resources and the tips on self-care will be relevant whatever the challenges you’re facing. We hope they help you stay safe and well. 

Ambulance staff helping man on street

“For me de-stressing starts at work when I get changed out of my uniform and try to leave everything that has happened here behind. I might watch some rubbish TV, read a good book or take a drive into the country, listen to some music on the way and enjoying some lovely scenery. That’s what I do to wind down.”

Scottish Ambulance Service

“I get out in the Trossachs with my two dogs, Oscar and Holly. Keeping active, that’s what I recommend. It cheers me up.  It gets rid of cobwebs. If I’ve got any negative thoughts in my head, it seems to clear that as well.”

Scottish Fire Service

“There are lots of things in my life that keep me well; protective factors that keep the dark times and dark thoughts at bay. It's OK to not be OK. It's OK to be OK. And it's OK to ask someone, 'Are you OK?'”

Police Scotland
Mountain rescue staff carrying stretcher down hill

“Team training is very important, it lends confidence that you can respond rapidly and effectively. Mutual support before and after callouts is invaluable. ”

Scottish Mountain Rescue

Your service, your Lifelines

Visit the web pages of Lifelines Scotland Ambulance, Fire & Rescue, Police or Volunteer Responders for extra resources tailored to each service and more information about the specific help available from different organisations.