As exam time continues for many and the school year comes to an end, the coming months bring a number of potential challenges for some children and young people in Fife.

It’s important for youngsters as well as their parents and carers to know where to access vital mental health information and advice, should they need to.

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Health Promotions team are highlighting the support available for a range of mental health issues that could affect youngsters, from stress and anxiety to loneliness and depression.

Rona Laskowski, Head of Complex and Clinical Care services, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “We’re committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in Fife and it’s normal to face emotional challenges throughout life.

“Exam time is here, and we know that it can be overwhelming for some young people and can trigger feelings of stress or anxiety.

“Younger pupils who are finishing their time at primary school and preparing for the transition to secondary school may also be worried about a range of issues, including making new friendships and potential isolation.

“And those preparing to leave secondary can feel they need extra help and support as they prepare to move onto new pastures including further education or perhaps into employment.

“We wanted to remind young people and their parents and carers that there is a range of free, confidential and easy to access support services in Fife for anyone who needs it.

“Everyone needs help from time to time. We have a range of services which can help to develop your self-confidence and build your resilience which will promote positive mental health and wellbeing and help to reduce distress. We would urge anyone who feels they may benefit from support to reach out.”

Useful links for support for services available in Fife are:

Our Minds Matter: Has a range of mental health and wellbeing information for young people in Fife;

Shout: a free, confidential and 24/7 text support service for young people who live in Fife and who are struggling to cope;

Parentzone Scotland: Contains advice to help young people prepare for exams.

If a young person needs help now, support is available from:

NHS 24: 111 or in an emergency go to the closest Emergency department;

Samaritans: 116 123 (open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day);

Papyrus: 0800 068 4141 or text 07860 039967 (open 365 days a year, 9 am until midnight);

Childline: 0800 1111 (open 365 days a year, 7.30 am until 3.30 am).