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 Breathing Space Day 1 February 2016

Breathing Space Day takes place every year on 1st February to raise awareness of the Breathing Space phone service and encourage everyone in Scotland to take some time out to look after their mental wellbeing. This year is Scotland's Year of Listening (YoL), an initiative promoted by Breathing Space, Living Life, the Scottish Government and a number of national organisations. The Year of Listening will be launched on Breathing Space Day and will raise awareness throughout 2016 that listening, and being listened to, is good for your mental health.

We like to think we are good listeners but are we really listening? Could you be a better listener?

Relationships and friendships, where we feel listened to, can have a huge positive impact on our sense of wellbeing. The YoL is an opportunity for us all to demonstrate our commitment to be better listeners. Whether you are a friend, parent, sibling, spouse, neighbour or carer...take time to listen today.

NHS Fife is supporting the YoL campaign with a number of events and awareness raising pop up stands, in conjunction with the Samaritans, to encourage staff to improve their listening skills and improve their mental wellbeing. The first event will be on 4 February 2016 at VHK where the Samaritans will be available from 2-4pm at the Carers Information Point for anyone who may need a listening ear.

Breathing Space free phone number: 0800 83 85 87

Breathing Space opening hours:          Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am
                                                                      Weekend: Friday 6 pm-Mondays 6am 

Samaritans 24 hour free phone number: 116 123

To find out more about the Year of Listening visit