making connections and changing lives in fife
An information and wellbeing event for people supporting others with their mental health
At some point in our lives, many of us spend time trying to help family or friends manage their mental health. Few of us think of ourselves as unpaid carers or are aware that support could be available to help us in our caring role.
We are marking World Mental Health Day with Making Connections and Changing Lives in Fife, an event which is a direct response to the challenges unpaid carers face daily. This event is organised by Change Mental Health’s Fife team and is a great opportunity to meet in a safe space to learn and connect.
From 10am until 4pm on 10th October 2023, a range of organisations will be at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes that can provide useful support and advice for you or the people you are a carer for.
Some service users from different organisations will be present, selling craft items they have made in their support groups and chatting about the benefits of the help they have received.
Throughout the day, experts will run insightful presentations. You can also engage in various workshops and therapy sessions, such as low-impact physical activity through dance or Tai Chi.
A presentation covering rights for carers looking after someone with a mental illness, explaining confidentiality, access to information and legislation.
Kathleen Taylor from Mental Welfare Commission
10.20am – 11.35am
1.30pm – 2.45pm
Men’s mental health
Discussing the need for men to talk about their mental health and get support in a non-judgmental environment.
Kenny Armour from
Andy’s Man Club
11.40am – 12.30pm
3.15pm – 4pm
Caring for somebody experiencing psychosis
Symptoms of schizophrenia and psychosis and how they differ from person to person. It will cover lived experience and what benefits people with voices to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Lee Hutton & Lynne Penman
from Change Mental Health
10.30am – 12pm
1.30pm – 3pm
An introduction to maths anxiety with strategies to manage it by becoming more positive about numbers. There will also be creative and relaxing sessions on putting pen to paper.
Numbers: 11.35am – 12.35pm
Journalling: 3pm – 4pm
“This event has been organised to recognise the importance of unpaid carers in Fife. It brings together various organisations that can support them, as well as giving them the opportunity to focus on their own mental and physical wellbeing.
“We hope carers will pop along and spend the day focusing on their needs and accessing all the information and support that is available to them.”
Caira Smith, Carer Support Worker for Change Mental Health in Fife
Love to Dance
Low impact and easy to follow, dance at your own pace to world rhythms. Build on strength, cardio, balance, and a range of motion and cognitive function. Ideal for people who love to dance, open to all ages, standing or seating, and from beginners to experts!
10.30am – 11.30am
3pm – 4pm
Beginners Tai Chi
A gentle and relaxing form of exercise to help maintain strength, flexibility and balance. This is suitable for anybody.
Pauline McCormick from
Tai Chi with Pauline
11.30am – 12.30pm
1.30pm – 2.30pm
The Chakras and DSM-5
This workshop shows you how to clear
and heal energy blockages that help you
manage your mental health.
from Thunderbird Therapies
10.20am – 11.30am
1.30pm – 2.45pm
Some spaces may be available to book on the day. Contact FifeServices@changemh.org for more information.