A leading Scottish mental health and suicide prevention charity has secured premises for its fourth face-to-face support offering in the Highlands.
Mikeysline has opened The Hive Nairn in the Highland Yoga Collective at 17a Acre Street.
The charity will provide confidential face-to-face mental health support to those who require it on Saturdays from 6-10pm.
Emily Stokes, CEO of Mikeysline, said:
“We are thrilled to be opening our fourth Hive in the Highlands, expanding our mental health and suicide prevention services and offering more face-to-face support to those who need it.
“The Highland Yoga Collective is a fantastic social enterprise, offering many health-related services to the people of Nairn and we are delighted to be collaborating with them to bring additional mental health services to the area.
“We want everyone in the Highlands to know that it’s ok not to be ok, and that help is always available to anyone that needs it.
“Whether you’re facing stresses at home or at work, thoughts of suicide, or a general low mood, we are here to offer confidential, non-judgemental support – face-to-face in our Hives, and also via our text support services.”
The Hive Nairn is the charity’s fourth outreach centre in the Highlands, joining those in Inverness, Tain and Alness.
With suicide rates higher in the Highlands than much of the rest of Scotland, Mikeysline’s aim is to open up the conversation around mental health and suicide prevention, allowing those who need support to access it freely and easily.
Fiona Palmer of Highland Yoga Collective added:
“Our yoga studio is a social enterprise and we use our revenue to promote health and mental wellbeing in Nairn.
“Our teachers, leadership team and students either have personal experience of mental health issues, or know someone who does.
“That’s why our whole community is so pleased to be able to offer the studio space to Mikeysline every Saturday evening for its peer support sessions.
“Supporting these sessions aligns with our core values as a social enterprise, which is to provide a safe, welcoming, inclusive and accessible space for all”.
Since 2015, Mikeysline has offered confidential, non-judgemental support to people of all ages dealing with mental health issues, emotional distress or thoughts of suicide in the Highlands and Moray.
It does this via a text line service at 07786 207755; WhatsApp at 01463 729000 and via its website; and live chat, Twitter and Messenger via its website.
The charity also produces a popular podcast, Speaking of Suicide, and offers face-to-face support from four Hives across the region – at its Inverness headquarters, Tesco in Tain, The Place in Alness, and now the Highland Yoga Collective in Nairn.