Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Leven mental health hub offers advice over a cup of tea

The opening was attended by (back Nicky Connor of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, Inspector Paul Gillespie and Sergeant Craig Fyall, and (front) Ross Reilly and Susan Neilson from Sam's Cafe.
The opening was attended by (back Nicky Connor of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, Inspector Paul Gillespie and Sergeant Craig Fyall, and (front) Ross Reilly and Susan Neilson from Sam's Cafe.

A drop-in centre for people with mental health problems has now opened in Leven.

Sam’s Cafe offers anyone over the age of 16 a friendly space to speak to people who have experienced their own mental health challenges.

They will listen and talk, as well as help customers access more information and support if needed.

And it will all be done over a cup of tea, with no appointments needed.

Leven mental health hub
L-R Sergeant Craig Fyall, Inspector Gillespie, Rev Peter Foster of Leven Baptist Church, community worker Toni Roberton, Councillor Colin Davidson and Councillor David Graham.

The town centre cafe, based in Forth Street, is staffed by mental health charity SAMH.

The Leven mental health hub is the fourth such service in Fife, alongside others in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Burntisland.

It was made possible thanks to funding from Police Scotland and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership.

We don’t judge, there’s no stigma,”

Ross Reilly, Sam’s Cafe.

Susan Neilson, Fife services manager with Sam’s Cafe, said it offers one-to-one support for mental health issues, crisis and suicidal thoughts.

“Feedback from those using the cafe and our peer support workers has been really positive with many welcoming the safe space to pop in for a chat when they need to.

“Through the pandemic we have had to work a little differently by providing online and phone support.

“We’re all really looking forward to getting back to more face-to-face support and our doors are now open.”

‘We are here to help’

Peer development practitioner Ross Reilly said there was no judgement or stigma.

“Having gone through some mental health issues in the past, me and the other peer support workers bring a different perspective,” he said.

“We understand what people are going through, we don’t judge, there’s no stigma – we listen and provide the support, advice and the information needed.

“We want Fifers to know that we are here to help and if things feel overwhelming to come and talk to us.”

Levenmouth police officers Inspector Paul Gillespie and Sergeant Craig Fyall also popped along to the opening.

Mr Gillespie said: “In our roles we tend to be involved with people who reach a crisis point.

“Some people don’t always want or need clinical support and having a resource like Sam’s Cafes across Fife means we can support people better by getting them the right care at the right time and alleviating some of the pressures on the emergency services.”

For more information on locations, times and resources visit www.samscafe.org.uk

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]