The new cafe, which is based at Forth Hall (Leven Baptist Church) in Leven, is open to everyone over 16 – it’s a safe and friendly environment where you can pop-in and speak to people from all walks of life who have experienced their own mental health challenges, who will listen and talk and help people to access additional information and support if needed.
Along with the cafe in Levenmouth, there are cafes in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Burntisland.
Nicky Connor, director of Fife Health & Social Care Partnership said: “I’m delighted to see another Sam’s cafe opening in Fife. It is so important that people can access the mental health support they need, when they need it. Sam’s cafes are unique in that they are run by peer support workers who have a lived experience and having that understanding of what people are going through really makes a difference. The new centre is welcoming and a great space to just pop in for a coffee and chat.”
Susan Neilson, Fife Services manager, Sam’s café, added: “Sam’s cafes are open to anyone who needs one-to-one support for mental health issues, crisis and suicidal thoughts. We’re open seven days a week, from 12pm to 8pm everyday across locations in Fife. You can drop-in anytime, it’s informal and you don’t need an appointment. Feedback from those using the café and our peer support workers has been really positive with many welcoming the safe space to pop in for a chat when they need to. Through the pandemic we have had to work a little differently by providing online and phone support – we’re all really looking forward to getting back to more face to face support and our doors are now open."