Inverness Caley Thistle sporting director signs up to support Mikeysline

New Ambassador for Mikeysline

Caley Thistle’s recently appointed sporting director John Robertson has signed up to another new role – ambassador with Highland mental health charity Mikeysline.

He joins Inverness-born Hollywood star Karen Gillan, Invergordon strongman Luke Stoltman and former Ross County defender Scott Boyd in offering their support to the charity’s suicide prevention and education work.

Mr Robertson, who has recently been off work due to personal issues, said he had no hesitation in accepting the invitation.

"I want it to be a role that just doesn’t pay lip service – I want to help in any way I can," he said.

"It is a local charity and I am absolutely delighted to help whether it is through myself and through the football club."

Mr Robertson said looking after mental health was hugely important. "It is something which has affected me recently and it shows age is no barrier to it," he said, adding it was important to understand and recognise there was help and people who would listen.

"In my own circumstances, having someone at the end of the telephone to talk about how you feel and [knowing] it was OK to feel like that and there was going to be a way forward, was tremendously helpful.

"It helped me to get on an even keel."

Mikeysline chairwoman Donna Smith was delighted Mr Robertson had accepted the invitation and said he would be "brilliant" at raising awareness of the charity and its work.

Service manager Emily Stokes said: "John has always been a big supporter of Mikeysline and to have someone of his profile and calibre will build on the work of our other ambassadors."