With the support of its member trusts, all UK NHS ambulance services, the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives produced the above film (shot before social distancing) capturing the mental health experiences of some of our staff.
We very much hope that all ambulance service employees will take the time to watch this film and reflect on its key messages:
- that we need to talk about our mental health – and we should encourage others to do the same;
- that others feel how you may feel or have felt in the past;
- that support is available for you if and when you may need it.
We would like to recognise the Welsh Ambulance Service Ambulance Trust for the original idea to produce this film, which was inspired by their #wastkeeptalking film and can be viewed here.
We would also like to thank everyone who contributed during the research phase of the film and especially Izzy, Amanda, Ricky and Scott who have spoken so honestly and openly about their experiences.
There are additional Mental Health resources for Ambulance employees, families and volunteers available here.
Regional versions of the film are also available on the various ambulance trust websites, with contact details for local support mechanisms.
Please note: The film was produced before any of us had heard of Covid-19. We are acutely aware that the world within which many of you are working and all of us are living has changed considerably since then. However, the issues considered and addressed during the film are still very relevant, more so than ever, hence us sharing it now.
Please also note that since the film was produced before Covid-19, social distancing measures did not apply and as such are not adhered to in the film.