Free LGBTQ+ counselling and mental health services in Fife: New 15 week therapy available
Free weekly therapy and counselling services are being offered for young LGBTQ+ people in Fife.
Thanks to funding via Fife Council via Our Mind Matters, The Hive Headspace will offer everything from 1-2-1 person centred therapy to cognitive behavioural therapy.
With up to 15 weeks’ worth of free therapy available, the sessions can take place at the The Hive in Kirkcaldy, at a location that works for the young person, or via zoom. Places are being allocated now.
Project lead Lindsey Williamson said: “We want to make sure these free counselling sessions are available to as many young people as need it. Their location, or their ability to get to The Hive shouldn’t be a factor in ruling them out … we can definitely make it work for them.”
The Hive is run by Love and Harmony, it’s the UK’s largest LGBT+ community hub. It offers a safe space to people of all ages, and is involved in a huge range of community projects and activities including support groups, a food bank and clothing bank, desk to work from, and new for this winter, a warm space, with free soup and stovies, for people who need it, regardless of their age or income.
The funding from Fife Council’s Health and Wellbeing department for The Hive Headspace will make a huge difference to young people questioning their sexuality or gender, said Lindsey.
“We are there to support the young people themselves, or their families who may be unsure of how to navigate their way through. We want to give the young people counselling and tools to cope, a legacy to last them as they get older, and an insight into other services we offer at other stages in their lives.
“We know the LGBTQ+ community can be reluctant to access mainstream services, and that there is often a huge waiting list for counselling, so we are delighted to be able to offer these free spaces, starting very soon, to help.
“We need the young people, or adults supporting them, to refer them to our services to sign up for counselling sessions.”
As well as the counselling itself, The Hive hopes to educate allies, but also young people about inclusivity and the journey everyone is on.
The service is safe, friendly and affirmative, and is a genuine inclusive space for all.
To enquire or book a session contact: [email protected]