Welcome to Mikeysline
Mikeysline was founded in late 2015 after a number of suicides in the Highland area. We run two services, the text line, as well as the Hive in Inverness City Centre. People struggle on a daily basis with a multitude of mental health problems, yet only a fraction of people are actually talking about it.
Sadly, there is a huge stigma attached to having poor mental health, this needs to change. There would be no shame in going to see a professional if someone was suffering from an infection of the lung, liver etc. – so why is there shame in seeing someone about an infection of the mind? This is what we are trying to do, open the conversation on mental health in an engaging manner. The more we talk about it, the more normal it becomes – thus battling stigma head on.
At Mikeysline, we were set up with 4 main aims. These aims are the motivation behind all that we do. We aim to:
- Help fight the Highland wide problem of chronic loneliness
- Provide a light in the dark for those in the depths of depression
- Offer a distraction from thoughts leaning towards self-harm
- Tackle head on the staggering rate of suicide in the Highlands
Have you been to the depths that comes with depression, yet managed to pull yourself out? Have you ever been so crippled by anxiety you couldn’t leave the house, yet managed to overcome the feelings eventually? If you felt up to it, we would love to share your story with others in the hope of inspiring them. We would change names for anonymity, of course.
Since Mikeysline started, the fantastic people all over the country have continued to help us through fundraising. When we opened the Hive, our costs became considerably higher. These costs will be more than justified, however, if we can aid in saving just one life. If it weren’t for the continued support, it would all be impossible. From climbing Ben Nevis with stretchers, to jumping out of aeroplanes, it means the world to us. If YOU have an idea, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be delighted to hear from you and will do everything we can to support you.
The worst kind of sad is not being able to explain why…..