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New support services for young people
A new partnership has been formed in Fife to support young people and their families with their mental health and well-being
As part of Fife’s ‘Our Minds Matter’ partnership approach, Barnardo’s, Includem and Togetherall have joined forces and invested in new services for children and young people.
Barnardo’s and Includem have been commissioned to introduce new mental health services for children and families in Fife. The launch of these services coincides with Children’s Mental Health Awareness week on 07 – 13 February 2022. The services will centre on providing the support, knowledge and skills needed to improve and maintain good mental health. These services will be designed around the needs of our communities working closely with families and local groups within Fife’s seven local areas.
Gail McLeod, Policy Officer, Community Mental Health and Wellbeing, Fife Council commented “We are delighted to see the enhancement of these community mental health supports and services for the young people of Fife. We are passionate about designing these supports based on ongoing feedback from young people and their families to ensure we continue to adapt to offer the right supports to meet communities’ needs.”
The services will also be supporting community groups that frequently work with young people to develop skills and confidence in having meaningful conversations about mental health.
Additional funding has been allocated to the online ‘Togetherall’ platform, which provides an anonymous, digital service which is free for any young person aged 16-26 living in Fife. This provides a supportive online community with peer-to-peer support and access to trained professionals who are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. There is also a choice of safe therapeutic supports, including self-help courses. This means anyone who may be struggling can get support at a time that suits them, direct from their IT device. Young people aged 16-26 can sign up for Togetherall.
Gail McLeod continued: “It’s important that we improve conversations about how to promote good mental health within our Fife communities and increase opportunities for young people to access support and advice when they need it.”
Who is it for?
Young people aged from 5 years to 26 and their families experiencing:
Anxiety, Depression, Attachment issues, Low self-esteem, Gender identity, Exam stress, Bereavement, Self-Harm or self-injury, Trauma, Relationship issues, Issues with Body image,
What do we offer?
1:1 direct support
At times and places that suit you
Working towards your own identified mental health goals
Group programmes lead via community needs/feedback
How to get in touch:
Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth, Glenrothes, North East Fife and Cowdenbeath – Contact Barnardos via: [email protected]
Dunfermline and South West Fife
Contact Includem via the freephone telephone number on: 0800 037 1069.
The service is available 7 days a week during the hours of 08:00 - 22:00. The enquiries line allows you to leave a voicemail with your basic details. A co-ordinator will contact you to complete the enquiry and gather key information from you to agree what steps/support is required.
If you are a community group working with young people and you would like some support to upskill your team in how to have positive and supportive conversation with young people please get in touch at the above number.