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Mental health charity Mikeysline has extended its face to face support options for people in Highland through setting up a new base in Easter Ross at Am Bothan Community Café by Skiach, Evanton. This new service is available for people of any age on Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm. This service adds to the new base recently set up for young people in Tain, operating from the Tescos Store, Shore street, Tain on Wednesday evenings.
On Tuesday, 24th August, Steven Ferguson, CEO, Ross County FC, who is particularly keen to champion Mikeysline’s support available to people north of Inverness, visited the new service along with some of the Ross County players. They were able to see the newly refurbished café at which Mikeysline have a base to provide support sessions, which can be found at the back of the café, via a separate entrance to ensure privacy. They were also able to hear more of the plans for group work that will offered from the café base by a variety of organisations to support vulnerable individuals.
The new Mikeysline service offers one-to-one appointments for anyone who requires a confidential, non-judgemental place to talk and be listened to. Mikeysline staff and volunteers can also signpost onto other relevant organisations and look at CBT based skills where there is helpful to the individual. This face- to- face support is in addition to access to the text-based services already available every evening of the week, which includes accessing support via text, Messenger, Twitter and web chat.
Appointments for the Saturday service can be booked using the following link, or you can drop in for a chat. https://calendly.com/mikeysline/outreachhive
Donna Smith, Chair of Mikeysline said: “ we are delighted to have been able to extend our face to face support out with Inverness as part of our strategy to form new outreach Hives in local community settings where we feel they are needed.
Our new Hive at Am Bothan Community Café offers a different model to our established Hive in Inverness and access to support during the day at the weekend, in response to the results of our recent local surveys. We are very grateful to Norma Macleod for her support in giving us this opportunity to be able to raise awareness of the support we can provide to local people and a base to provide 1:1 support from.”
Steven Ferguson, Mikeysline Ambassador said "We have all seen the impact COVID-19 has had on mental helath and for an organisation like Mikeysline to spread its wings further North is a huge asset and boost to the Highlands."
“The level of service and the importance of the service Mikeysline provide is vital to helping people right across the Highlands and Ross County and myself personally, are proud to support the Mikeysline team in this new project. Our club has been built on the motto ‘More than just a Football Club’ that is why partnerships like this are so important, as we continue supporting our community and our people through our work with this fantastic charity.”
Norma Macleod, Director of Am Bothan Community Café said:
"Inviting Mikeysline to become part of our Community Hub seemed like an obvious and natural fit for everyone. The crucial help available from Mikeysline is invaluable and forms an important part of tackling mental health struggles. Our Community Hub can help in other ways, by providing safe spaces for community groups and events that offer social integration. Together we are delivering support to our local communities to tackle isolation and despair felt by so many since the pandemic."
Since 2015, Mikeysline has offered to people of all ages, 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, visit www.mikeysline.co.uk – or find Mikeysline on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.