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Mikeysline’s Inverness mental health support centre to reopen

A Highland mental health charity is to reopen its drop-in centre following the latest guidance from the Scottish Government.

Mikeysline will reopen The Hive on Inverness’ Academy Street on Tuesday, April 27, following a temporary closure due to COVID-19.

The Hive is the Highlands’ first out-of-hours mental health support centre, providing free and impartial support for all those who need it. Open seven days a week, the charity offers drop-in sessions from 19:45-21:45 Sunday-Thursday, and until 22:45 on Fridays and Saturdays. Appointments are also available from 18:15-19:30 every day and can be booked by emailing enquiries@mikeysline.co.uk or phoning The Hive on 01463 729 000.

Emily Stokes, service manager at Mikeysline, said:

“The last 12 months have been difficult for so many people, highlighting the need for easily accessible mental health services. We’re delighted to be able to reopen The Hive this month to provide face-to-face support, listening and guidance to those who need it in our community.

“There are a great many reasons why people may be feeling anxious or depressed, and it’s important to remember that it’s ok not to be ok. In the same way that we need to look after our physical fitness, our mental health also takes work – and we are proud to be here to provide the help, and support people need to address any issues they may be facing.

“With The Hive reopening, we’re looking forward to the full rollout of our new young person’s service on a one-to-one basis in the afternoons. We’re also looking forward to meeting in person some of the people who have benefitted from the callback service that we operated throughout lockdown.”

Visits to The Hive will follow all current Covid-19 guidelines to ensure staff, volunteers, and the public remain safe at all times. Masks must be worn (unless medically exempt), and social distancing measures will be in place throughout the building.

Although unable to provide its full range of face-to-face services during the lockdown, Mikeysline offered a nightly callback service allowing people the chance to talk to someone about anything troubling them. The charity has also supported Highlanders with access to crucial appointments and organised one-to-one walks during the winter months.

Emily added:

“We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from individuals, groups and businesses over what have been a very challenging few months for us. Their fundraising, promotion and participation in our recent fundraiser – Miles for Mikeysline – has been amazing.

“We’re coming out of lockdown in a very strong position, giving us the ability to plan ahead and to look at developing additional support services outwith Inverness. Coupled with our involvement in co-ordinating the Highland arm of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival alongside the Clay Studio and Mental Health Awareness Week in May, we have a busy – and rewarding – few months ahead.”

Since 2015, Mikeysline has offered confidential, non-judgemental support for those with mental health issues or in emotional distress in the Highlands from its Inverness headquarters, The Hive. Alongside face-to-face support, Mikeysline also offers live chat, Twitter and Messenger support – as well as a text line service at 07786 207755. The charity also now provides an additional support service for young people.

For more information, please visit: www.mikeysline.co.uk.

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