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Staff at Inverness College UHI have been raising funds and awareness for a Highland mental health charity


By Ian Duncan

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Painting and decorating modern apprentices with Emily Stokes (Mikeysline), Mark Mitchell and Mo Turner (Painting lecturers at Inverness College UHI).
Painting and decorating modern apprentices with Emily Stokes (Mikeysline), Mark Mitchell and Mo Turner (Painting lecturers at Inverness College UHI).

They generated more than £1000 for Mikeysline in the run up to the Christmas break, when support services are needed more than ever.

Painting lecturer Mark Mitchell personally donated £500 from prize winnings he received as runner-up in a UK-wide mentor of the year competition.

He was nominated three times by apprentices for his commitment to ensuring they leave the college with the skills they need to be professional painters and decorators.

The college also held a Christmas raffle which raised more than £500 in direct donations for the charity.

The college has been working with Mikeysline to increase awareness of its text-based support service among students in the run up to Christmas.

Lindsay Snodgrass, assistant principal at Inverness College UHI, said: “We recognise that many students may be feeling anxious because of the Covid-19 situation or a change in routine associated with the winter break.

“We work with a range of support services to ensure students have access to support they need, particularly at this time of year, as we recognise one size doesn’t fit all. Mikeysline is an amazing charity, which has done so much locally to break the stigma of mental health, particularly among young males.

“We’re delighted to have been able to support them through donations, but also in raising awareness of their text-based service as well as the mental health and crisis support centre. There’s lots of support out there and nobody should suffer in silence if they are struggling.”

Mr Mitchell said: “Mikeysline is a charity close to my heart. It really can be a lifeline for young people struggling with their mental health. I spoke to my apprentices about it, and they were all incredibly passionate about the work Mikeysline do in our local community and were very supportive of the donation.”

Students at the college have access to staff for an extensive range of support.


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