Resilience is our ability to recover from the stress we encounter. Whether we can bounce back depends on the stresses we face and the resources we have to help us cope.
Resilience is especially important for people like you who are in roles where there is regular exposure to potentially traumatic situations. Understanding the PROTECTIVE and RISK factors of your role will help you take care of yourself and your colleagues.
PROTECTIVE FACTORS are the things you value in your role as volunteer responders and that can keep you well. You have told us about several that you have experienced, which include:
We also know that it helps to:
RISK FACTORS are the most challenging aspects of being volunteer responders:
We also know that it can be hard for emergency service volunteers:
The above film illustrates how resilience works.
This 5 minute film made with Scottish Mountain Rescue volunteers illustrates brilliantly the importance of recognising your own warning signs and knowing how to look after yourself and colleagues.
“Understand how trauma affects our emergency service personnel by watching this incredibly moving and important film.” Stephen Fry