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Acting as a role model to others and supporting Mikeysline’s role in challenging views and perceptions about emotional distress, mental ill health and suicide. This in turn helps facilitate open dialogue, breaks down the stigma and barriers that can be associated with mental health and suicide and make it easier for people to seek support when they need it.
Assisting in promoting the work of Mikeysline as widely as possible via networking, social media, press interviews, hosting events and encouraging others to support Mikeysline.
Supporting Mikeysline staff and volunteers in improving the public and businesses’ understanding of the work that Mikeysline does and the importance and impact of that work.
Karen is originally from Inverness and is an Actress and a Film maker, currently based in Los Angeles. Karen visited us at the Hive in November 2018 on a visit back home for the Inverness Film Festival, which was showing her film “The Party’s just Beginning” a film written and starred in by Karen about a woman from Inverness who turns to alcohol and drugs as she struggles to cope with the suicide of her friend. Helping to raise the profile Karen has been a great supporter of Mikeysline since this time and has helped raise the profile of Mikeysline in a number of ways, including supporting Mikeysline as her charity for the Superhero fantasy football league, which she participates in alongside fellow celebrities. Karen became an official Ambassador of Mikeysline in August 2020 and is keen to raise the awareness of Mikeysline’s work and help reduce the rate of suicides in Highland. Through her support of Mikeysline, Karen is raising the profile of Mikeysline to a national and international audience.
Scott is a Scottish former professional footballer who has played for Livingston, Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock and Ross County FC. Scott is currently Stadium Development Manager for Raif Rovers FC. Scott is well known to County fans and a much wider audience in Easter Ross and the Highlands from his 10 years spent in the area. Scott became an Ambassador of Mikeysline in August 2020 and is keen to use his experiences gained whilst playing professionally and his knowledge of what was and wasn’t talked about in the dressing rooms to help raise the importance of open dialogue about mental health and suicide and seeking support at an early stage. Sport as a whole and professional sport can be a high-pressure environment and Scott hopes to raise awareness and break down some of the barriers and stigma that still prevents some people from opening up when they need support. Although now based in the central belt, Scott is keen to attend events for Mikeysline once this becomes a possibility again due to covid-19.
Luke is a Strongman Competitor from and based in Invergordon, Easter Ross. Luke is a five times winner of Scotland’s strongest man, a title currently held by his brother Tom. Luke recently (October 2020) set a new UK record for the Log Press. Luke runs the Stoltman Brother gym and strength centre in Invergordon alongside his brother. Luke became an Ambassador of Mikeysline in August 2020 and is keen to raise awareness of mental health and the importance of speaking out if you need support. Luke hopes that his messages in particular will reach men, who can find it more difficult to speak out and seek help when they need it, which can lead to issues/concerns becoming much bigger for some people. As our locally based Ambassador, Luke is in an ideal position to support Mikeysline in raising awareness about our work in the Highlands and through his following to raise the profile of Mikeysline and the work we do to a wider audience.