Promoting positive mental health

Fife College is committed to promoting positive mental health, as well as removing the stigma attached to some mental health issues.

If you are experiencing, or concerned about, any mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress, or self-harm, you can talk to the Guidance team and they can assist you in ensuring that you get the support and help that you need.

Similarly, if you’re experiencing issues surrounding substance and/or alcohol abuse, the Guidance team will also be able to help you.

Our Health and Wellbeing Adviser

Fife College is committed to the provision of high quality support for students to safeguard their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

John Blakey is our Health and Wellbeing Adviser and will have a presence on each of our campuses as well as online.

He will provide a comprehensive and inclusive service to ensure that the College’s key focus of Health and Wellbeing for all its learners and staff is key.

John is committed and dedicated to overseeing initiatives to make a difference to the lives of students and staff with Fife College.

Help and support

Alongside Fife College's provision of support for students to safeguard their physical, emotional and mental well-being, the following resources may also help you:

Ocean Recovery​

Talk to Frank

National Self Harm Network

Bipolar Scotland


See Me



Mood Cafe

About John

John, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, has worked at the College since 2011. He previously worked in education within a guidance role for over 10 years in the UK and Europe.

John employed a student-centred approach to his guidance role and is dedicated to the College's 'RESPECT' campaign.

Email John

John will help students through:

  • Developing and delivering a range of Mental Health initiatives
  • Contributing to the Health and Wellbeing Strategy
  • Improving communication between Fife College and Health Promotion Services
  • Promoting and educating students and staff in mental health and wellbeing – through ongoing training and workshops, including Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid, Mindfulness, Suicide Alertness, etc.
  • Working closely with NHS Fife to promote positive lifestyle behaviours including tobacco prevention
  • Creating and producing health and wellbeing events and initiatives through campaign work
  • Working directly with a cohort of students who require more in depth health and wellbeing support

Need immediate help?

Contact one of the agencies below:



If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support, contact Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (local rate call).

Your call will be confidential and will be taken by a trained Samaritans volunteer.

The phone line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Breathing Space

If you are depressed or experiencing low mood, you can phone and speak to a Breathing Space advisor between 6pm and 2am any day of the week.

Call 0800 83 85 87 (calls are free of charge).

NHS 24


If you are ill and feel it can’t wait until your GP surgery re-opens you can call NHS 24 on 111.

If you think you need an emergency ambulance you should always dial 999.



ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.

Anyone aged 19 or under can call ChildLine to talk about any problem.

Call them free on 0800 11 11

(open 24 hours a day every day of the year).

Visit their website