Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) was established in 1994 and has a wealth of experience in supporting individuals with mental health issues to take up work as well as working closely with employers across Fife to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.
In 2007, FEAT began the "Journey to Work" programme which is a tailored confidence building and employability support service for adults in Fife. In 2012, "Employ your Mind" was established which is a vocational rehabilitation programme for people with severe and enduring mental health conditions. Also in 2012, "Mind your Mind" began, this is a programme of mindfulness aimed primarily at the over 50 age group and FEAT are also the lead partner in the "Collydean Community Connections" project, which aims to make the precinct of Collydean in Glenrothes a "healthier and happier place".
We are a registered charity offering a unique employment service aiming to assist people with mental health problems to achieve what most of us take for granted - a job.
With a wealth of experience in supporting people with mental health issues, and promoting well-being in the workplace, FEAT:
We do this by offering people who have experienced mental health difficulties following services:
FEAT work closely with employers across Fife to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace. We offer organisations free information and exhibition displays, as well as a wide range of training courses on all aspects of mental health – which can be tailored to suit the needs of any particular organisation.
A company that promotes well-being can support and manage an employee through any mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Our Journey to Work programme is designed to help maintain confident and motivated employees and significantly reduce staff absence.
Wide-ranging research shows that stress related illness accounts for 30-40% of all staff absences each year, an average of 29 days absence per person and around 91 million working days each year across the UK.
One third of employees will have a mental health problem in any one year, and the total costs estimated to the UK economy each year of job-generated stress is over £5 billion.
Therefore, the business case to provide practical support to enable employers to deal with mental health issues, and get valuable, talented and experienced people back to work after mental illness, is clearly apparent.
Through our range of services, employers in Fife can benefit from:
Mental Health Awareness Training Courses
A wide range of courses on mental health at work, which can be tailored to the needs of each organisation. Sessions available from 1 hour to 2 days in duration, aimed at both managers and supervisors of staff with skills and knowledge to develop healthy workplaces.
Courses are also aimed at ensuring staff have the skills and confidence to make their service accessible to people experiencing mental ill health.