Find resources to help you look after your wellbeing, and information about support available at the RNLI.
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.
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:
- Samaritans– if you need someone to talk to, they are available to listen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- NHS – Every Mind Matters including coping with anxiety about lockdown lifting (you can also watch the films on YouTube)
- Mental Health Ireland
- MIND – the charity for better mental health
- Scope – Coronavirus Health and Wellbeing
- Stonewall Covid-19 Hub
- Young Minds – support for children and young people
- Harnessing mental resilience – a blog by RNLI Lifeguard, Summer Whiteley.
- NHS Get Active – Your Way
- Paths for All – Keeping active at home
- NHS Fitness Studio
- Joe Wicks – The Body Coach
- Couch to 5K.
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.
Resources to help you keep connected:
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.
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.