Fife participation in See Me’s Time to Talk Day

Today is Time to Talk day, which is being led in Scotland by See Me, the programme to end mental health discrimination, aims to get people all over the UK starting meaningful conversations on mental health. Fife Health and Social Care Partnership are working to provide help and advice on mental health issues in a number of ways.

Fife is one of the national pilot areas for Health & Work Support which provides specialist support for people experiencing mental health problems in the workplace. Health and Work Support is a single point of contact for people who live and work in Fife. It allows people with a health issue or a disability who are struggling to stay at work or recently unemployed, to get fast access to support. Employers have an important role to play and the service can help with policies and procedures, mental health training for managers and other workers, and provide lots of resources and information. Everything is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. To find our more contact the Health and Work Support Service on 0800 019 2211 or visit

Calum Irving, See Me director, said: “Less than half of us feel comfortable speaking about our mental health, especially when we’re struggling. The fear of being judged, or even discriminated against in work, at school, or when asking for help, stops people reaching out.
“But conversations have the power to change lives, however they take place, whether face to face, over the phone, or on social media using #TimeToTalk.”
Time to Talk Day is UK-wide, with Time to Change in England partnering with See Me in Scotland, Change Your Mind Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales.

Malcolm Joss is an Fife Health & Social Care occupational therapist and Case Manager who conducts workplace assessments added: “Health and Work Support is a free and confidential service for people living and/or working in Fife. We support people at work who are struggling with their physical or mental health. We complete a full holistic assessment and together with the client, identify a plan which may include referral to physiotherapy or psychological therapies. We can also offer workplace assessments and plans to help the employee remain at work without having to take time off.

Listen out for Health and Work Support information on Kingdom FM radio all this week.

To make it easier for adults in Fife to obtain psychological help for common emotional problems a new website has recently been launched, Access Therapies Fife

Health and Social Care partners in Fife are also coming together to develop a shared Work and Wellbeing Strategy and emphasise the important need to Just Ask and Just Talk.

Pioneering new £1.1m service for cancer patients in Fife

A new service to ensure cancer patients are offered emotional, practical and financial support has been launched in Fife.

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership are working with a range of partners across the region to make sure cancer patients across the area can access all the help they need – by making just one phone call.

The new Fife Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey Service will see every newly diagnosed cancer patient in Fife sent a letter offering a meeting with a dedicated one-to-one support worker. The worker will then help the patient access a wide range of support, from benefits advice and emotional support to help at home or with other practical needs. Anyone currently living with cancer can also access the service by simply calling the team to arrange an appointment.

Macmillan Cancer Support has invested £1.1m into the project, which will see the Health and Social Care Partnership and other third sector organisations working together to provide a seamless, accessible and personal support for people affected by cancer.

Fife is a region with higher than average incidence of all main cancers. There are 13,500 people living with cancer in Fife and we expect this to grow to over 24,000 by 2030.

While it’s good news that advances in treatment mean that more people than ever are surviving, it also means that people living with cancer are living longer, often with long-term effects of treatment or other health conditions that have a huge impact on health, wellbeing and independence. Many of them don’t know where to go for help coping with the non-medical effects of the illness.

Macmillan’s Head of Services in Scotland, Janice Preston, said: “Cancer has a huge impact on every aspect of people’s lives and many patients tell us they don’t know where to turn for help. This new service should make sure everyone in Fife with cancer has someone to call on for help, no matter what they need. We hope this service will transform cancer support in Fife.

“It’s thanks to the continued support from people locally, who fundraise for us and donate so generously, that we are able to fund this vital new service. With their help we are able to make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in Fife.”

Michael Kellet, Director, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership added: “This new service will make a huge difference for those diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends. Getting information and advice on the things we take for granted will help support people to deal with their illness. It’s thanks to the partnership working across Health & Social Care Partnership, Macmillan Cancer Support, Fife Council, NHS Fife and the voluntary sector that we are able to provide this service.

The project is open to everyone aged 16 and over living with cancer regardless of their cancer type or where they live in Fife. To find out more about the Fife Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey service call 01592 578 076 or

At the launch (from left) Janice Preston, Cllr David Graham, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jacquie Stringer, Bruce Hamilton, Valerie Ireland and Michael kellet

Are you ok? Three little words can make a huge difference

Due to the rapidly changing landscape in mental health services, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership is reviewing its current Mental Health Strategy – “What Maters to You?” 2013-2020.

We need your views to help inform the strategy and shape the future for mental health related services in Fife. Have you, or someone you care for used mental health services in Fife? If you have then we would be grateful for your feedback.

Please click on the survey link. This will take you to an online survey form – it should only take a few minutes to complete.

Thank you for your input and feedback.

Further information – please email

A first for Glenrothes – The Well

From left Leslie Bain, John Mills, Dr Helen Hellewell, Cllr David Graham, Fiona McKay, Michael Kellet

Tuesday saw the launch of The Well in Glenrothes town centre. The Well is a place where people can go for health and wellbeing information – held weekly on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm, at the Glenrothes Area Residents Federation (GARF) shop in the Kingdom Centre.

Fife health & social care staff, housing staff and representatives from the voluntary sector joined together for the launch to provide information to the local community on ways to stay well and healthy and to live independently.

Local GP and Chair of the Glenrothes Health & Social Care Locality Planning Group Dr Helen Hellewell officially opened The Well said, “We have listened to our local community, staff and community organisations. Working together in partnership to deliver the support that people need, whether that is information about equipment to stay safe at home, a befriending service, a housing query or support information if you have been diagnosed with cancer, our friendly and knowledgeable staff at The Well will be on hand to help.

John Mills, Head of Housing, Fife Council added, “Housing’s major focus as part of the Health & Social Care Partnership is to ensure access to good quality, affordable housing, and to sustain tenants and residents in their own homes for as long as possible. By 2022 300 properties will be built in Glenrothes for people with larger families, people with sensory impairment, and for homeless people. The Glenrothes Area Housing Team and local housing officers will support The Well by being part of the conversation and taking early action to help tenants and other residents.”

Cllr David Graham said, “I know there is remarkable community spirit across the communities of Glenrothes and there are many local people and community organisations already doing great work in their communities, GARF is a great example. The energy and enthusiasm of everyone has been incredible which will be of great benefit to the community.”

“Glenrothes Area Residents Federation is delighted to be working in partnership with the Health and Social Care Partnership to see The Well come to Glenrothes as it now gives a one stop shop for information not only on housing matters but health also. We see this as key to the wellbeing of all in the Glenrothes area”, added Leslie Bain, Secretary, Glenrothes Area Residents Federation.

For more information on this initiative and the work being done to connect with local communities visit:

Wine o’ clock? Just one more?

  • Sound familiar? These can lead to unhealthy habits with drinking. Alcohol is often used a stress-reliever for daily pressures as well as a way to socialise with friends and family or network with colleagues.  Drinking more than the recommended amount can lead to long-term health conditions (alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking). 1 in 4 people in Scotland drink more than 14 units per week (Scottish Health Survey, 2017). This is classed as a hazardous/harmful level of alcohol consumption

Cutting down on drink can reduce the risk of health problems and help you to look and feel better. This November let’s drive conversation about alcohol, signpost those who may need support and call for change so fewer people are harmed by alcohol.

Alcohol Awareness Week runs 19 to 25 November and this year’s theme is ‘Change’.

Change is necessary
In Fife there have been 2344 stays in hospital due to alcohol in one year and an average 62 deaths per year.

Change is possible
We can start by making changes in our own lives. Many people are unsure about how much they drink on a weekly basis, whether this is too much and what impact it may be having. If you are worried about your drinking, here are some tips for healthy drinking:

  • Have at least two alcohol free days every week
  • Know your units and stick to recommend daily guidelines: 3 units (women) and 4 units (men)
  • Keep a diary of what you are drinking
  • Ask for help if you need it

Throughout the week the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership is promoting alcohol awareness week in pharmacies across Cowdenbeath and Leven, and at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy, Fife House and Rothesay House, Glenrothes, Levenmouth Council Offices, Leven Job Centre, Kirkcaldy Town House, Addiction Services and The Wells.

In Fife there are a number of support services to anyone who feels they need help for themselves or someone they know:

  • Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) – FASS delivers confidential alcohol counselling and psychotherapy service for Fife residents.-  Call: 01592 206 200
  • Addaction– Support and advice for adults who are experiencing problems related to their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol  Call: 01592 601 909
  • Alcohol Concern– Help and advice if you are concerned about your own or someone else’s  Call: 0800 917 8282
  • Al Anon– Family group meetings available in Dunfermline, Cupar, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews-  Call: 020 7403 0888
  • Addictions Fife Alcohol and Drug  Call: 03451 555 555 ext 446153
  • Alcoholics Anonymous– Meetings in Fife –
  • Call: National: 0800 917 7650                                        Local: 0131 225 2727 (both 24 hours)
  • Drinkline Scotland  Call: 0800 7314 314 (8am-11pm)
  • DAPL – Drugs Alcohol Psychotherapies Ltd – DAPL offers one to one counselling, support, information and advice to individuals and families who are affected by substance use and live within Fife.  Call: 01333 422277


The Well at Glenrothes – A new health and social care info hub

A new one-stop-shop for health and social care services information is being launched in Glenrothes on Tuesday 20 November 2018. Fife Health and Social Care Partnership along with the Glenrothes Area Residents Federation (GARF) are inviting local people to pop in and find out more at the GARF shop unit at 4 Marchmont Gate in the Kingdom Shopping Centre from 2-4pm.

The Well at Glenrothes will have a variety of information stands with community representatives, staff from the voluntary sector and others from across health and social care who are ready to chat and help local people with whatever matters to them. 

Cllr David Graham Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: “Fife Health and Social Care Partnership will be working with local communities throughout Fife to create The Wells.  The Wells are access points for people to drop in and have a chat with health and social care staff, supported by partners in the 3rd sector and housing staff who will provide information and help to identify support in their local area.”

He added: ” The Wells will also be a place where local community groups and voluntary organisations can meet members of the public and discuss the support they are able to provide. This could range from how to find out about a care home, equipment to help you or a relative to live safely at home through to befriending or joining an interest group to keep you active. I encourage everyone in the Glenrothes area to drop-in and find out more.”

Dr Helen Hellewell, Chair of Glenrothes H&SC Locality Planning Group,  will open the event with John Mills, Head of Housing Services for Fife Council and Ian Robertson, Chair for Glenrothes Area Residents Federation.

Following the launch, The Well at Glenrothes will be open every Wednesday at the GARF shop unit in the Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes between 11am and 1pm.

 The initiative is part of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s work to connect with local communities.  To find out more visit: