Emotional Health & Mental Wellbeing

Good physical and emotional health are essential elements in the overall well-being of children and young people. In Fife we have a range of supports aimed at ensuring these health needs are met. You’ll find all the relevant information in the section.

For more information on local policy documents and practice guidance visit the Resources and Publications section.

For information on services available in your local area use the Search for Services tool in the banner above.

Our Minds Matter Framework (OMM)

Children and young people need support if they experience emotional difficulties. Our Minds Matters recognises that support comes from the broad pastoral care around them. Families, friends and professionals all provide support. They do it in different ways, but all have a role to play in the emotional health and wellbeing of young people. Out Minds Matters is for anyone who supports children and young people or their families.

The Framework encourages integration and sharing of approaches and clarifies:

•     who is involved in support
•     what support looks like at different levels

Download: Our Minds Matter Framework

OMM – Understanding and Responding to Children and Young People at risk of self harm and suicide

This guidance aims to support partnership working with children, young people, parents, carers and professionals to share information and organise support to reduce the risk of suicide and self-harm. It aims to provide all professionals with a shared framework for understanding, identifying, assessing and helping young people at risk of self-harm or suicide.

Download: OMM – Understanding and Responding to Children and Young People at risk of self harm and suicide



Education Psychology Service – Bereavement and Loss

The Bereavement and Loss Guidance has been developed by the Educational Psychology Service and is designed to sit alongside Fife Council Guidance on Traumatic Incidents. It provides information around

  •   Common reactions to loss and change
  •   Developmental understandings of death and loss.
  •   Communicating with children and families
  •   Useful websites and resources
  •   Signposting to further reading



If you are a member of education staff and there are any aspects of the Guidance that you would like to discuss further, please contact your school’s link Educational Psychologist.

For any other agency wishing further information on this Guidance, please contact the Fife Council Educational Psychology Service on: psychological.service@fife.gov.uk

Download: Educational Psychology Service – Bereavement and Loss Guidance


Useful websites

Hands on Scotland

The Hands On Scotland website provides information and advice for professional and adults who support children and young people.

Hands on Scotland

Moodcafe Fife

The Moodcafe provides information for individuals and families on common psychological problems, including self help guides and recommended websites.