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Our Lisa and Dougie complete Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Trainer's Course

Congratulations to our Lisa and Dougie who recently completed Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Trainer's Course.

FASS were delighted to receive two places on the recent pilot SMHFA Training for Trainers online course.

Both Lisa, one of our Counsellors and Dougie, a Counsellor and Supervisor with FASS found the training rewarding.

Lisa shared her experience of the course:

Lisa said, "I was honored that I was chosen to go on the course and that it was felt I had the ability to be able to roll out such an important course. The course was interesting, beneficial, enjoyable and I learned how to run a training course, and lots of tip and hints from my peers on the course, this will benefit me immensely moving forward. It has given me a true understanding of mental health and being able to roll out the importance of Mental Health and being a first aider. FASS will benefit with having 2 members of the team who are able to roll out this course with confidence so that all our peers within the organisation have a better understanding and can become mental health first aiders."

Dougie spoke of the importance of mental health:

Dougie said: "We take physical first aid for granted, isn’t it time we were as prepared for mental health first aid? We can deliver the skills and understanding for you to be comfortable, and confident in a mental health crisis first aid situation. You can learn what to do and say in a crisis, your intervention as a first aider could potentially save a life, promote understanding of mental health issues, and allow us all to understand recovery to good mental health is possible. I would highly recommend this course. FASS can deliver this course to you."

Many thanks to all at Public Health Scotland for giving Fife Alcohol Support Service the opportunity to have another two trainers in the organisation who can’t wait to get out there and deliver.

For more information you can contact us on 01592 206200.

FASS supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 9th - 13th May 2022

This week we're supporting Mental Health Awareness Week.

The theme for this year’s campaign is “Loneliness”.

The week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and this year the campaign aims to raise awareness of the link between loneliness and mental health problems and how we can prevent them. To support Mental Health Awareness Week a number of drop-in sessions on MS Teams have been organised throughout the week to support workers and practitioners in Fife.

These sessions aim to provide more information about the campaign, local support available, and ideas about how to get involved to help tackle loneliness within our communities. Please attend any sessions that interest you by clicking on the links below – no booking is necessary.

You can find out more in the enclosed document.

We are recruiting a Services Administrator

A Services Administrator is required within Fife Alcohol Support Service’s Administration Team.

The successful candidate will have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 applications, and have experience of database and electronic filing systems. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work as part of a team in a busy confidential service is essential.

For more information please visit our Recruitment page here

FASS Secure Funding in Combatting Drug Deaths in Fife

FASS’s Near Fatal Overdose (NFO) team will be helping people and their loved ones avoid drug related deaths until 2026. The team is doubled in capacity, thanks to the grant of £386,041 from the Corra Foundation. The grant is recognition of the important work FASS’s NFO team are doing, while Scotland’s drug deaths outstrip any other country in Europe.

FASS manager Dave Dempster said, “This grant allows us to continue the vital work our NFO team are doing across Fife. In particular, it lets us continue to focus support in areas with high drug related deaths. We work closely with the Scottish Ambulance Service and other partners to make sure people get the support they need after a near fatal overdose.

“Many people don’t realise that the likelihood of death within a month of a near fatal overdose is very high. A lot of what we do is to help make sure that doesn’t happen. We support people through those 28 days and beyond, making sure they are on track with all the treatment and practical support they need. And we educate about the dangers of drugs—including prescription drugs—and overdosing. We’re helping families and communities get wiser about what misuse of alcohol, prescription and street drugs can do, and providing support to save pointless loss of life.”

FASS NFO team worked with around 600 individuals and their loved ones in the last year. Support is wraparound and based on what the client needs—from testing for blood borne viruses, advocacy and helping clients attend services, to counselling and Naloxone training for significant others.

John Hamilton, FASS Chair, commented, “The NFO team’s partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service and proactivity in opening new direct referral pathways with other key services is exemplary. For every person who loses their life to drugs, whole families and communities of others are affected. Fife may still be under threat from drug related deaths but our team is reducing the number of those deaths in our local authority area.” Dave Dempster added, “We’re getting better at partnership working so people don’t fall through the cracks. It’s heartening to see the team leading on the official launch of the KY8 Community in Fisher Street Centre, Methil, on 22nd April. This is an ongoing space for community engagement around drugs misuse and there’s no Powerpoint involved. Just drop in any Friday between 11 and 2. Anyone can come along and have a chat, a cuppa or a game of snooker, just for the company—but the advice will be there if they need it. All relevant services in Fife’s Health and Social Care and Alcohol and Drugs Partnerships are on board, as well as local politicians.

“The Corra funding helps ensure our team are there for people in Fife to drop in for advice and services for the next four years. This will reduce the devastation of drug deaths in our communities significantly. But we can’t be complacent—there’s plenty of work to be done and we’re a small team. Anyone who can help us through volunteering should contact me.”

FASS operates drop-in services for drugs and alcohol all over Fife and urges everyone to become more educated on the changes. There's no need for an appointment and the team can provide, or signpost to, specialist support if needed. For further information on their support, drop-in services or counselling please visit out website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. To contact Dave or with general enquiries people should call 01592 206200 or e-mail enquiries@fassaction.org.uk

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