Fife Families Support Project
Fife Families Support in part of Support in Mind Scotland. We exist to promote the health and wellbeing of people in Fife caring for a relative or friend with severe and enduring mental ill health. This can be through -
- one to one support at home, in the office, or somewhere else convenient to you
- telephone support
- information about mental illness, treatments and services
- self-help support groups
Our services are free and confidential.
The project also produces two booklets free of charge, available on request:
- A Guide for Friends and Relatives to Adult Mental Health Services in Fife
- Understanding Voices: A Guide for Friends and Relatives
Both of these are available on our website: www.fifefamilies.org.uk
The Project takes an active role in the Choose Life strategy for Fife, which aims to reduce the incidence of suicide in Fife. As a consequence, we are now able to make short-term counselling available to the relatives and close friends of people who have attempted suicide.
In addition we can link with the See Me national anti-stigma campaign. Their website can be viewed on www.seemescotland.org.uk
'see me’, is an award winning Scottish campaign to end the stigma of mental ill-health. The campaign is run by an alliance of five mental health organisations and is funded by the Scottish Executive. The campaign won Mental Health Media's "Best Public Awareness Campaign" Award in 2005, for it young people campaign.
The campaign has prepared an online briefing for any adult who may be approached by a young person for information, advice or help in response to the new phase of the campaign
Fife Families Support Project is on the Steering Group for research being carried out by Dundee University across Fife and Tayside. This is looking at supporting carers of people with schizophrenia or an associated disorder, through a specific programme being provided by community psychiatric nurses. If you would like to know more, then follow this link: www.calm.dundee.ac.uk
CARING IN LOVE: A review of the literature from 1995 to 2004 on supporting couples where one or both partners experiences mental ill health.
We have now completed this piece of research and it was approved by the Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth Area Redesign Team on Thursday 7th July 2005. Copies are available for £1 to cover postage and packaging. A brief plain English summary is available free on request. The full text is available on our website: www.fifefamilies.org.uk
Date: Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 5.00pm
- 'National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland)'