Welcome to the BCRC Well-being Resources

Well-being has been defined as the combination of feeling good and functioning well; the experience of positive emotions such as happiness and contentment as well as the development of one’s potential, having some control over one’s life, having a sense of purpose, and experiencing positive relationships.

I’ve assembled a few links to resources (below) which you may find helpful

Ron Price

Wellbeing Officer, British Cave Rescue Council, wellbeing@caverescue.org.uk


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Guiding Principles for Emergency Response Volunteer Wellbeing The Mountain and Lowland Rescue representatives on the UKSAR Mental Health and Wellbeing Working Group were asked to consider how the six Mental Health at Work Commitment Standards could translate into a form that would be appropriate for volunteers. This document has been drawn up following consultation with and feedback from volunteer teams and is an attempt to translate the essence of the MHAW Commitment Standards into a form that will suit our volunteer teams.

Rescue Benevolent Fund
An independent charity set up by mountain and cave rescue to support its volunteer team members who are on call 24/7, 365 days a year giving up their time, putting their lives and families on hold to help those in need…

Our aim is to help alleviate hardship suffered by team members — and, consequently, their families — which has arisen as a direct result of a mountain or cave rescue operation. We also aim to get those team members back into action as soon as possible.

Lifelines Scotland
If you work or volunteer with an emergency service in Scotland, Lifelines Scotland is here to help you stay safe and well.
We hope you, your colleagues, your family and friends will find our advice and support helpful. Lifelines Scotland is an NHS project – find out more about us, the training and support we offer.


Togetherall believes no one should be excluded from instant access to mental health support from real people when they need it.

We’re on a mission to make this a reality. With Togetherall, entire populations can have a safe place to connect, share and discuss what’s on their mind with peers. Our diverse community is active day and night, monitored and moderated 24/7 by licensed mental health practitioners.

If you’re feeling lonely, stressed, worried or just not yourself, on Togetherall you can get support and start to feel better.

Even though 1 in 4 people have mental health problems, most of us don’t get the help we need. This has to change.

We’re Mind. We’re here to fight for mental health. For support, for respect, for you.

We change minds across England and Wales by making mental health an everyday priority. By standing up to the injustices – in healthcare, in work, in law – which make life harder for those of us with mental health problems.

We support minds – offering help whenever you might need it through our information, advice and local services. And we connect minds. Bringing together an unstoppable network of individuals and communities – people who care about mental health to make a difference. Join us in the fight for mental health. We won’t stop until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.


Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

NHS Mental Health Services

How you can access NHS mental health services – Mental health services are free on the NHS. Your mental health is important and you should get help if you need it.

Find out about the different ways to get help with your mental health, the process, and your rights.

Stay-alive, Grassroots Suicide Prevention

Stay Alive is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help people stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide are the only UK-based organisation offering peer-led support to adults impacted by suicide loss. They help individuals support each other, at the time of their loss and in the months and years that follow.

International Commission for Alpine Rescue

International Commission for Alpine Rescue – this document ‘2023 Final ICAR Recommendations for Stress Resilience in Alpine Rescue‘ (Prepared for the AOD by John Ellerton (MedCom President) and Alison Sheets (MRA)) has some useful tools designed for all rescuers and mountain rescue organisations.


AVIVA Wellbeing Services


AVIVA Wellbeing Services – This MREW document contains links and details of some potential support available from our insurers Aviva.



Civility Saves Lives are healthcare professionals aiming to raise awareness of the power of civility in patient care and the impacts of incivility on teamwork and patient outcomes.