- Almost 1 in 5 paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service took time off due to stress, anxiety or other mental health conditions in the 12 months leading up to September last year.
- They speak about a fast pace of work and the emotional trauma of incidents.
- The service is now the first in the UK to have a chaplain to support employees and they have a peer to peer support network, spreading the message it's ok to talk, and trained to spot the signs of problems.
Daniel's worked at East Midlands Ambulance Service for three years, and says he can't imagine doing any other job.
But a few months ago everything suddenly got too much.
Lee is in charge of deep cleaning ambulances between jobs. He began to experience feelings of overwhelming anxiety.
Daniel was back at work in a few days after his boss took time out to talk to him, made sure he was safe, and arranged medical referrals.
Lee took three months to recover, supported along the way by EMAS, who know ambulance staff see and hear about the most traumatic of experiences every day.
This freedom of information data obtained by ITV News Central doesn't state whether time is off for work-related or personal reasons.
But NHS workers do have a pressurised job - staff shortages, response targets, routinely long shifts and the emotions of dealing with sick patients and their families all add up.
In the East Midlands, the ambulance service is the first in the UK to employ a chaplain whose job it is to support all the staff.
There's also a peer support service made up of volunteers trained to spot the signs and symptoms of someone experiencing anxiety, stress or depression.
There are 200 volunteers available for colleagues to speak to. It's all part of Mind's Blue Light programme especially for the emergency services.
Thanks to the support in place, Lee now says he's equipped to monitor his own mental well being,
24 hours after our investigation, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock promised to create a dedicated 24 hour support service to improve the mental health of NHS workers.
He's proposing fast-tracked counselling after traumatic incidents, as well as introducing Wellbeing Guardians in every NHS workplace.