South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) staff and volunteers now have access a wellbeing app designed to support their mental health.

Backup Buddy, provides an additional opportunity for staff and volunteers including Community First Responders (CFRs) to seek help and advice privately and informally on a wide range of mental health matters. SECAmb follows in the footsteps of a number of police services to offer the app to staff and is the first ambulance service to offer a new version tailored specifically its staff and volunteers.

The app, which runs alongside a wide range of support offered by SECAmb’s Wellbeing Hub, provides 24hr access to information, advice and tips on how to maintain good mental health as well as how support can be offered to others. It also contains several useful contact numbers for help and support.

The app’s stories section also provides a selection of staff sharing and talking about their mental health experiences.

SECAmb Wellbeing Manager, Jade Bennett, said: “We are pleased to offer this app  which we hope will further encourage our staff and volunteers to think about and, and if they wish, speak to others about their mental health.

“This is a great addition to the support available at SECAmb and a subject which should be discussed. In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that we take care of ourselves and each other.”