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Mental health charity Mikeysline has recruited five team members to help deliver an ambitious new support service for young people in the Highlands of Scotland.
The new Young Person’s Service offers one-to-one appointments for young people who require a confidential, non-judgemental place to talk and be listened to. It is delivered face-to-face in the charity’s headquarters, The Hive, in Inverness – as well as over Google Meet, and via text, Messenger, Twitter and web chat.
To support the new service, the charity has recruited two new development officers – Natalie Sutherland and Yvette Kershaw – who, as part of their roles, will oversee the ongoing development and expansion of the service.
Beth Simco and Chris Grant have also been appointed to Mikeysline’s volunteer board, taking special interest in young people’s support and community engagement respectively.
Rounding out the new recruits, Joe Carson has joined the team as communications and social media assistant for the Young Person’s Service under the UK Government’s Kickstart scheme.
Natalie Sutherland said: “According to research published by the NHS, one in six school-aged children has a mental health problem – rising from one in ten in 2004. We are proud to be able to provide our new Young Person’s Service to help address this in the Highlands.
Mikeysline’s Young Person’s Service offers 45-minute appointments face-to-face or over Google Meet from 4-5.40pm Monday to Thursday and 2-5.30pm Friday to Saturday. Young people can also engage with the service through SMS, social media and online chat, allowing them to communicate in the way they feel most comfortable.
Its launch comes at a time when the charity is partnering with the Highland Youth Parliament on its #mindus campaign, which empowers young people across the Highlands to take action to improve mental health support at a critical time during pandemic recovery.
In addition to the Young Person’s Service, Mikeysline has recently partnered with Youth Highland and the Clay Studio on an arts project – and will follow this up with a free, week-long Mental Health and Wellbeing Creative Arts Course from July 12-17, which will also be delivered in partnership with the Clay Studio.
With spaces for up to eight young people, the sessions will include creative activities as well as teaching new skills to help young people manage their emotions. For more information and booking, applicants should contact email@example.com.
Yvette Kershaw said: “With the Covid-19 pandemic adding extra pressures on many young people, it’s so important for them to find ways to destress and relax.
“A study conducted by the University College of London last year found that people who spent half an hour or more each day during the pandemic engaging in the arts had lower reported rates of depression and anxiety.
Yvette Kershaw, Joe Carson and Natalie Sutherland (left-right) have joined Mikeysline to support the mental health charity’s new Young Person’s Service.