Promoting Mental Health


Mental Health Promotion
“Mental Health is the emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of well-being and an underlying belief in our own, and others dignity and worth” (WHO – 2009)
Mental health promotion encourages positive mental health for all whether or not a person has a mental health illness or not. This is progressed by raising awareness and promoting positive wellbeing; eliminating the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness; preventing suicide and promoting and supporting the recovery of people who have had mental ill-health.
Health Promotion aims to promote positive wellbeing in Fife through the following activities:
Providing a range of training courses across Fife in; self esteem, mental health first aid, mental health first aid for young people, self harm, suicide prevention and promoting positive mental health.
Providing promotional information, resources, stalls at events and presentations to local groups.
Supporting local and national campaigns which promote positive mental wellbeing, including; See Me, Choose Life and Steps for Stress.
Advice, support and assistance to groups or organisations developing new or existing projects aimed at increasing wellbeing.
Our work is underpinned by a professional evidence base and we have access to new and emerging research. In addition, all of the work we undertake is rigorously evaluated to ensure quality.
If you or someone you know, require immediate help please use the following phonelines or websites:
Samaritans 116 123
Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
Childline                                  0800 11 11
NHS 24


Information is also available from a new website called Access Therapies Fife which has links to wellbeing, mental health and self help guides.

See for further information.


Suicide prevention awareness week 9-13th September

Why is the campaign important?

On average, two people die from suicide every day in Scotland.  Behind every number is someone who is a family member, a friend, or a work colleague.  This year, NHS Fife is supporting The Choose Life ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ campaign which asks everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in people close to them. 

What can I do?

Signs of suicide can be difficult to spot which is why the campaign encourages you to take all signs of distress seriously, even if it seems a person is living a normal life.  If you are worried about someone, asking them directly about their feelings can help to save their life.  This may feel like a difficult and frightening conversation to have but it can make a difference.

If you do find yourself in this situation, NES and NHS Health Scotland have developed several short animations which provide advice on what you can do to help someone who is experiencing mental distress and may be at risk of suicide.  These three animations have a common link of “Ask, Tell.....”:

  • Ask, Tell - Look After Your Mental Health: understanding mental health and keeping mentally healthy (open access:
  • Ask, Tell - Save A Life: Every Life Matters: suicide prevention and keeping people safe (open access:
  • Ask, Tell - Have a Healthy Conversation:  supporting compassionate conversations with people who may be experiencing mental ill-health or distress or at risk of suicide (using the ALERT model) (open access:

Alternatively you can access the animations through your Turas account.  Please note you will need to register/sign in to your account in order to view and access the module:

What help is available?

If you are worried about someone, encourage them to make an appointment with their GP or call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or Samaritans on 116 123.  The Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy branches of the Samaritans also offer face to face support, please refer to their website for further information:

If you are with someone who has an immediate suicide plan and means to carry it out, do not leave them alone.  Call 999 and get immediate help.  


If you feel you need help, please talk to someone.






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