Success for Fife mental health employability project

Involvement of people with experience of mental health problems “invaluable”

Monday 20th May 2019

A Fife project that engaged with people with first-hand experience of mental ill-health to see how people recovering from mental health problems could be helped back into work has concluded.

Delivering Differently also brought together the local council, volunteer groups and businesses.

Among the solutions it devised was a toolkit to help managers speak to employees about mental wellbeing. 

Fife Council says it is “exceptionally pleased” with the results of the 18-month initiative, which backed more work to create ‘mentally healthy’ workplaces.

Michael Kellet, director of Fife’s health and social care partnership, said: “Improving the mental health and wellbeing for the people of Fife is a key priority for the Partnership. Delivering Differently has made great progress in understanding and addressing the issues relating to mental ill health and employment. The involvement of people with lived experience has been invaluable and has been key to the success of the project.”

Pegs Bailey, strategic coordinator for Delivering Differently, added: “It has been an honour to work with so many amazing people on this project. Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. If it happened to me I know I would want to be supported to get back on my feet, and to know that work would be a possibility in my future again.”

The team behind the study has received funding to continue investigating how to reduce mental health stigma and help people get back into work.