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'It's so important people feel they can reach out' – mental health charity aims to raise awareness on Nairn Hive services


By Federica Stefani

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Rev Steven Manders, Emily Stokes, Mikeysline Chief Executive and Linda Birnie, Mikeysline Operations Manager. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Rev Steven Manders, Emily Stokes, Mikeysline Chief Executive and Linda Birnie, Mikeysline Operations Manager. Picture: James Mackenzie.

A popular mental health charity hopes to reach more people in Nairn who could benefit from their support.

On the back of Time to Talk Day last week – a date set to raise awareness on local services and sources of confidential and free mental health support – Mikeysline is urging people who need help to get in touch.

The charity operates a Hive in Nairn at United Reformed Church Halls – where they moved to this summer – to offer face-to-face appointments on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 10pm.

"It's so important that people feel they can reach out for support," said Mikeysline's operations manager Linda Birnie.

"Our Hive in Nairn is free, confidential and it's a very private and accessible space. To have it in Nairn is to give to the community living here an opportunity close to them, an option that people can access.

"We want to continue let people know that we are there. Nothing is too big or too small to talk about with Mikeysline.

"People might be in crisis but they don't need to be in crisis to chat and receive help.

"The more people who know about the service, the better – they might direct friends, family, colleagues or other people they know who may need it to our service.

"All staff and volunteers are trained to direct people to any form of additional support they may need."

People can also book Zoom appointments every night of the week (booking is open at www.mikeysline.co.uk) or use the Mikeysline Textline at 07786 207755, among other options).


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