Mikeysline celebrates 8 years of mental health support with community birthday bash

Mikeysline CEO Emily Stokes joins Cameron MacFarlane from the Victorian Market to launch the charity's 8th anniversary celebrations

MIKEYSLINE, the Highland-based mental health charity, is set to celebrate its 8th anniversary with a community event on December 6, 2023, at the Victorian Market on Inverness’s Academy Street. The celebration aims to highlight the strides made in reducing mental health stigma and suicide prevention in the region over the past eight years.

The event, scheduled from 4-6 pm, is open to everyone, offering an opportunity for the community to come together and reflect on Mikeysline’s achievements. Attendees will also learn about the charity’s ongoing ‘Bee the Change’ campaign, encouraging positive contributions to mental health in communities, schools, and workplaces.

Mikeysline invites all interested individuals to register in advance for the celebration, emphasising the importance of community engagement in mental health support. 

The event will feature activities such as meeting individuals committed to ‘Bee the Change’ in the Highlands, where attendees can discover ways to make positive impacts, whether through community initiatives or personal gestures. As part of Mikeysline’s outreach efforts, attendees will be introduced to the Bee the Change campaign at www.mikeysline.co.uk/bee-the-change.

Various attractions are planned for the celebration, including the opportunity to meet students from Millburn Academy’s NPA Jewellery class, interact with Leo and Geordie the donkeys, and enjoy entertainment such as face painting and balloon modelling. Live music by the Black Isle Peas will add to the festive atmosphere. A special message and song from Scottish chart-topper Callum Beattie, who performed at Mikeysline’s Ladies Day, will also be featured.

Cameron MacFarlane, General Manager of the Victorian Market, expressed pride in hosting Mikeysline’s 8th birthday party, highlighting the support from the market’s tenants for the charity’s work.

To illuminate the occasion further, the Inverness Townhouse will be adorned in Mikeysline’s signature yellow and blue colours.

Mikeysline, established in 2015, provides confidential, non-judgmental support to individuals dealing with mental health challenges, emotional distress, or suicidal thoughts across the Highlands and Moray. The charity operates a text line service, WhatsApp, and a website with live chat options, in addition to producing a podcast, Speaking of Suicide, and offering support to businesses and schools.

Emily Stokes, CEO of Mikeysline, expressed gratitude for the ongoing support from communities, volunteers, and businesses, emphasising the impact of collective efforts in providing essential mental health support.

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