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On 1st February, Mikeysline, are set to launch a brand-new service to help young people experiencing emotional distress and or mental health issues. February will see the start of the pilot programme aiming to encourage young people to reach out for support if they are struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings and their mental health in general.
The service will offer one-on-one support alongside a safe place to talk and young people can be signposted or referred to further support if needed. As well as this, Mikeysline are aiming to teach coping strategies to help regulate emotions, where this will be helpful to the individual.
The 1st of February also marks the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, there has arguably never been a more important time to support young people’s mental wellbeing.
Whether it be home schooling or a lack of social interaction, the pandemic has added extra pressures onto the already stressful life of a young person. The service is mainly aimed at those in secondary schools in need of assistance.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, support will be offered remotely with a view to also offering face to face sessions when this is possible. These will be held at the Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness, Mikeysline’s base.
The programme has been funded by the Bank of Scotland Foundation’s Reach Grant as well as through funding from HIE’s Communities Recovery Fund. The initial service will run for a year, with the aim and hope that the charity can gain further finance to continue it.
This resource will operate from Monday to Thursday at 4-5:40pm as well as Friday and Saturday running from 2pm-5:30pm. Out-with these times, young people are encouraged to use Mikeysline’s text-based support options. Until an online booking system is underway, young people can contact Mikeysline via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.