A local support facility received some VIP guests this week.
FIFE Council leader Alex Rowley and Professor Jim McGoldrick, chair of NHS Fife Board, visited the Playfield Institute recently to see the work of the centre in supporting people who care for children and young people with mental health problems.
Set in the grounds of Stratheden Hospital, the Institute is a valuable resource for anyone working with or caring for children and young people.
It helps workers and parents/carers to promote the mental wellbeing of children and young people, as well as providing early intervention.
Cllr Rowley said: “The Playfield Institute is an excellent example of the services and support available in Fife.
“By providing training, information and research Playfield helps people to make a real difference to children and young people experiencing difficulties.
“Giving our young people the best possible start and chance in life is a major priority for us and, the Council has already made a commitment to help reduce inequalities and bridge the poverty gap.
“All public services have a part to play in supporting young people and closer working with NHS Fife and other partners will help to achieve better outcomes for them.
“The Playfield Institute shows how sharing skills, knowledge and best practice between different groups and organisations can have a positive impact.
”We will be looking at opportunities over the coming months for closer working, sharing and integrating services with colleagues in NHS Fife for the benefit of the people of Fife.”
Professor McGoldrick added: “For over seven years the Playfield Institute has proved to be an important resource here in Fife.
“We all recognise the importance of our young people having the very best start, however, just as essential is empowering individuals and groups to support our children and young people and providing them with the relevant tools and resources.
“Both NHS Fife and our partners are committed to working together to develop services for the population of Fife.”