Find resources to help you look after your wellbeing, and information about support available at the RNLI. 

RNLI crew member Mhairi McAdam is carrying a rope while out on exercise. She is wearing her crew kit and laughing on a bright and sunny day.

RNLI/Sam Jones

Looking after our wellbeing can help us sleep better, feel better, enable us to do the things we want to do, and help us have more positive relationships with those around us.

Wellbeing resources

Mental health and wellbeing

Looking after mental health is not something we should just do if we are struggling, or feeling low, anxious or stressed. Our mental health is something we should think about all the time and invest in, just like with our physical health. Make a start by exploring the resources below:

Keeping active

Any amount of physical activity, however small, is good for you. Local walks, running, swimming, yoga or cycling are great ways to clear your head and stay active no matter how long or short.

Keeping connected 

If you’re on Facebook, you can join our RNLI Volunteers Facebook Group, a place for you to connect with volunteers from across the UK and Ireland, share tips and ideas and support each other. 

You could also join an online community or peer-support group so you can talk to others about how you feel. Groups like Side by Side (MIND) and the SANE Support Forum are available 24 hours a day.

Resources to help you keep connected:

Find support

Your RNLI manager is here to help and support you, so don’t be afraid to speak up. They can signpost you to support available through the RNLI or help makes changes to help you feel better – whether that’s reducing the pressure on you for a short time or getting you more involved with something you love doing. 

While not a therapist or counsellor, our RNLI welfare advisor can hold supportive and non-judgemental conversations with people in distress, help you navigate RNLI processes and highlight appropriate support, wellbeing and welfare services (both internal and external to the RNLI) where appropriate. You can contact the Welfare Advisor at (UK) 01202 336427 or via Welfare@rnli.org.uk

Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) are a point of contact if you, or someone you are concerned about, are experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. They can provide some initial support and signpost you to appropriate help if required. You can get in touch by email at MHFA@rnli.org.uk to find out more. 

There are several ways in which volunteers and staff can raise a concern if something doesn’t feel right. You can read more about speaking up in the Raising Organisational Concerns Policy (PDF - 178KB).

Support for operational volunteers

Support 24/7 and Trauma Risk Management Team (TRiM)

Support 24/7 is free, confidential support to help you through personal challenges (including but not limited to childcare, housing and/or financial issues) and help you balance your volunteering, work, family and personal life.

If you have experienced a potentially traumatic incident as part of your RNLI role, you can also contact TRiM for post-incident support.

If you are an operational volunteer, you can log in to Horizon to find out more about the wellbeing support available.

Families Programme

Support is also available for family of operational crew members at the RNLI, which you can read about in the Families Programme Booklet (PDF – 1.1MB) or get in touch at Families_Programme@rnli.org.uk.