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Have you provided or witnessed CPR

If you’ve performed CPR on someone or witnessed someone receiving CPR, you may find yourself struggling to process what has happened.

But you don’t have to go through this alone. We’re here to help you.

Our Advice Line team, made up of trained healthcare professionals, are here to listen and help you process what you’ve experienced and provide advice, support and a friendly, listening ear.

Get in touch

If you’d like to speak to someone, please contact our Advice Line.

0808 801 0899


NURSE to 66777 (standard rates apply)

Our Advice Line service is free and confidential. Our specialist Advice Line team provide a qualified, supportive listening ear and all our health advice is based on current Scottish and UK medical guidelines.

Lynsey’s story

In November 2021, Lynsey’s father-in-law John collapsed at home after a cardiac arrest. Lynsey battled for 20 minutes to save his life, performing CPR, before paramedics arrived. Sadly their efforts were in vain and John, 70, passed away.

As a nurse, Lynsey had been involved in CPR before, but the aftermath of John’s death was different because she’d never had to administer the treatment to a member of her own family. The experience left her upset but she didn’t want to share her feelings with her grieving loved ones.

That’s why Lynsey is urging others to contact our Advice Line if they need someone to talk to. Watch Lynsey’s story.

Looking after yourself after you’ve performed CPR

It’s important to look after yourself and your emotional wellbeing, especially after going through a life changing event. Here are some tips of things you might like to try if you’re feeling overwhelmed, low or sad.

  • Talk to your friends and family. As well as speaking to our Advice Line for support, you may choose to speak to a friend or family member about how you’re feeling.
  • Get out and about. Getting out of the house, going for a walk or meeting a friend can help your mental wellbeing. Think about things you enjoy doing and plan to do some of them each week.
  • Try mindfulness. Being more aware of the ‘here and now’ is sometimes called mindfulness. Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment instead of thinking about the past or the future. It is about being aware of your thoughts and emotions, how your body feels and what is happening around you. Apps like Headspace are a great way to get started.
  • Read our Mental Wellbeing guide. Check out our mental wellbeing guide for useful advice, information and tips to help you look after yourself and your mental wellbeing.


If you think you may need to seek further support, speak to your GP or contact our Advice Line team on 0808 801 0899 and they can signpost you to other support available.

The service is being offered as part of a partnership pilot project which has been developed and run by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Save a Life for Scotland and has been funded by the Scottish Government.

About Pilot Service

Paramedics, police and firefighters will be handing out wallet-sized cards promoting the service to give directly to people at the scene of the incident so they can access support.

If you think your organisation might benefit from having some of the wallet cards to display and hand out, please get in touch with our Advice Line on 0808 801 0899 or email

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