Mental health support bus tour of Fife hailed a success

A mobile initiative to give Fifers access to information and one-to-one mental health support has been hailed a success.

By Allan Crow
Monday, 28th June 2021, 8:07 am

SAM-H’s Wellbeing on Wheels mobile drop-in service launched last week - the first of its kind in Scotland.

It saw a bus park up at various locations around the region to assist peer support workers from local drop-in service, Sam’s which is provided by SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health).

The service is known in the area for providing Sam’s Café: a drop-in service based in Kirkcaldy, Leven and Dunfermline.

Douglas Robertson Stagecoach East Scotland managing director, and Chelsea Graham - SAMH Peer Practitioner, launch the mobile support bus

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Fife Provost Jim Leishman attended the initiative’s launch last Monday at Halbeath Park & Ride, along with senior representatives from Stagecoach, SAMH and NHS Fife Health & Social Care.

Susan Neilson, Fife Service Manager at SAMH, said: “I was an incredible week for us.

“We saw first-hand the positive impact bringing the crucial support of Sam’s Café by SAMH directly into the heart of local communities across the Kingdom has made.”

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