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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning the Hive on 01463 729 000.
Emily Stokes, service manager at Mikeysline, said:
“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 are required to 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 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 alongisde the Clay Studio and Mental Health Awareness Week in May, we have a busy – and rewarding – few months ahead.”