Vital self-harm service scoops lottery award

Mental health charity, Penumbra, are celebrating in Fife this week after being awarded £124,000 from the National Lottery Communities Fund for their service which supports people experiencing self-harm.

The Fife Self-Harm Project offers support to people aged 18 and over across the kingdom who are living with self-harm. The team are based in Dunfermline, but support is offered to anyone living in a Fife postcode. Support can be accessed by self-referral which means people can contact the team direct. People can also be referred or signposted by a third party like for example a GP, social worker or voluntary organisation.

About Penumbra

Penumbra Mental Health are a pioneering charity providing dedicated services for people with mild to serious and enduring mental ill health. They have services right across Scotland including in Fife. More: About Us – Penumbra Mental Health

Penumbra Fife Service Manager Sharon Little said:

“Our service has proven vital over the years and we’re delighted to receive this award, which will help us continue to reach people across Fife living with self-harm. Self-harm is a very complex response to feelings of distress and it’s often misunderstood.

“So we hope this news will create a ripple effect and let people know that there is support out there. We can offer a compassionate space for people to share and explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe way. We have our own Facebook page @PenumbraFife where people can follow us, and people can also find us on the Penumbra website where our contact details are.”

We hope this news will create a ripple effect and let people know that there is support out there

The National Lottery Community Fund

Over £15 million of National Lottery funding will help to keep vital local services running, with 384 community projects across Scotland sharing in grants from The National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes funding on behalf of National Lottery players who raise more than £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. 

Announcing the funding, Kate Still, Scotland Chair, The National Lottery Community Fund said:

“This multi million pound investment of National Lottery funding will improve the lives of thousands of Scots whilst keeping vital community services open and supporting those who are facing tough choices and challenges in their daily lives.

“As The National Lottery prepares to mark its 30th birthday later this year, today’s investment is a timely reminder of the difference that National Lottery players continue to make to communities across the country.” 

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