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Mikeysline is keen to work closely with local communities in Highland to tackle the stigma attached to mental health and suicide to encourage and enable people to speak out and seek support when they need it. One of the ways in which we are doing this is to work closely with others who are passionate about getting these messages out too and we are delighted to be working closely with Nairn County FC and Ross County FC as well as our three Ambassadors, Karen Gillan, Luke Stoltman and Scott Boyd to this end. Only by talking about mental health and suicide can we hope to make it easier for others to do the same.
On World Suicide Prevention Day we are launching our new logo, which marks how we have matured and developed in our first 5 years, come this December. Our clear message in our logo is that “it’s ok not to be ok”. The next step is for people to be able to talk about why they are not ok and to seek support.
At Mikeysline we operate every evening of the week, a text line support service and a crisis drop-in centre at the Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness. Our services are confidential, non-judgemental and we are there to listen, offer support and where appropriate help in signposting you on to other services that may be able to support you. We will shortly be extending our text line service to include additional options for people to contact us.
“Mikeysline is a local organisation to me. Brought up in the Highlands I know how lonely things can get. Having somewhere to reach out to when struggling is a huge help. Growing up I would never have known how to reach out and seek support. Now with Mikeysline there is that support there for people throughout all parts of the Highlands. It’s such a valuable support system to have up here.”
Mental health is such a huge part of people’s lives. If we haven’t experienced it first hand I think we have all known someone who has. As an athlete and a voice in the Highlands I think it is so important to speak out about Mental Health.
I am a 26 stone professional strongman. Do I have days where I feel mentally drained? Where I just want to stay in bed? YES. I am not ashamed to say I cry. I doubt myself. I worry and stress over the smallest of things. BUT I manage that. Through the gym and physical training I have learned to manage it to the best of my abilities.