Are you making time for yourself?

Project You is a campaign running to promote the benefits of regularly taking time for yourself – ‘ to keep going sometimes you need to stop’.

Research has shown that over half of Fifers feel stressed. Life’s daily demands take a lot out of us and we need to find ways to take a break.

Over the next six weeks you will be able to access a wide range of practical advice on how to boost your mood and feel more in control.  By making time to go for a walk, have a blether with friends to switching off screens before bed can all make a difference.

For help and inspiration visit Project You.

Dr Frances Baty, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Fife Psychology Service said, “If we don’t make time to take care of ourselves, we can get stressed. And not only can stress cause health problems it can make day to day life that much harder, affecting how you sleep, your relationships and your mood.

“For this reason, it is important to give yourself a break and do things that help you rest and re-charge. This is not selfish, it’s important as it will help you feel much more equipped to deal with life’s demands, and ultimately feel more in control.”

Minster for Mental Health Clare Haughey said, “Juggling work, family life and other demands can make people feel like they are running on empty. This campaign is about telling people it’s ok to regularly take time for themselves.”

“The everyday pressures of life can be overwhelming and change can seem difficult. However, as this campaign highlights small changes such as moving more, making time to catch up with friends or family or taking a five-minute breather can make a difference.


It’s Adult Protection Day

If you think an adult is being harmed, get it checked out.  It’s right to act on your instinct.

Today we’re raising awareness of how some adults are harmed or abused and to encourage people to act on their gut feeling and say something when they see things that point to that happening to someone they know or come across. Harm and abuse can take many forms; physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm but there are usually signs and clues that indicate something out of the ordinary might be happening.

We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities.

The message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm or something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you’ve seen something, say something.

For more information, visit  You can also follow on Twitter at #AdultProtection #SeenSomethingSaySomething.

The latest edition of the Adult Protection newsletter is also available here.

New bus big success

Local lad Gerry King popped along to meet with Fife Council’s Safer Transport Team and to check out their new bus.

Gerry was diagnosed with early onset dementia a few years ago and has been actively helping the Partnership’s Ruth McCabe promote awareness of dementia in Fife and look for ways to improve environments so those living with dementia can live well with the condition.

The new bus got the thumbs up from Gerry.

Two local organisations pick up COSLA Excellence awards

Congratulations to Small Sparks and SAM’s Café who each picked up a bronze award in the Local Matters category of this year’s COSLA Excellence awards. Both organisations have supported the people of Fife in various ways and it is excellent that they are recognised for their contribution.

Small Sparks is helping to bring individuals and communities together by providing a small grant to make new connections and a difference in their local communities – projects range from community gardening projects to craft and support groups, all helping to reduce isolation.

SAM’s Café is providing out of hours mental health support. Peer support workers who have a lived experience of mental health problems, are supporting others and providing hope in a safe and comfortable space.

A great achievement, well done.


Carers – new digital resource available

For many carers the practical help they want is to be pointed in the right direction so that can help themselves. This carers week we are delighted to announce that we have added a new partnership with Carers UK to our wide ranging network of support in Fife.  Carers UK offer a digital resource for carers that allows them to access online help and a truly comprehensive support resource.  It complements the information on the new the Health and Social Care carer website.

The carers digital resources includes an up-to-date set of resources to help carers including information and access to online training and support. It also offers carers the opportunity to create their own personal ‘circle of care’ around the person they care for through free access to ‘Jointly’.  This innovative resource helps carers share their caring and keeps everyone involved up to date and in the loop.  Accessible on a computer or while you are on the go through a smartphone, jointly can help bring peace of mind and give confidence that everyone is up-to-date with the latest caring situation.

Fife’s Health and Social Care partnership has partnered with Carers UK to provide access to all carers in Fife, free of charge as one of our universal offers of support. Look out for more information about our other partnerships in the coming few days as we continue to celebrate Carers Week.