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Highland charity Mikeysline one of just three organisations hoping to secure funding at UK-wide digital event 10x10 Philanthropy

By Ian Duncan

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Mikeysline's headquarters at The Hive.
Mikeysline's headquarters at The Hive.

A Highland-based charity's efforts in combating mental health, loneliness and suicide prevention is recognised at a prestigious digital event run by a global fundraising collective.

Mikeysline, which was set up in the memory of young suicide victims, has gained funding from 10x10 Philanthropy – crowdfunding initiative which aims to support different charities.

10x10 is a movement that is spreading across 14 cities worldwide and hosts philanthropic events to help raise awareness and funds for grassroots groups.

Since 2017, the organisation has supported 30 small, non-profit organisations and has raised over £200,000.

This year, its UK event will take place digitally on December 2 because of the pandemic.

A 10x10 spokesman said: "With fears of the coronavirus creating a mental health crisis, 10x10 felt it vital to celebrate three charities which put mental health first at a time when their support is needed more than ever.

"The 10x10 UK Mental Health Special will see BLAM Charity (Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health) and The Listening Place represented and celebrated alongside Mikeysline as the three charities featured at this prestigious event."

Since its beginning in 2015, Mikeysline has offered confidential, non-judgemental support for those with mental health issues or in emotional distress seven days a week through its text based support service.

The service was further enhanced in 2017 with the opening of the Hive Crisis Drop-In Centre, in Academy Street in Inverness, which is open every evening and offers appointments and drop-in services for anyone needing said support in the Highlands.

Mikeysline also offers Live Chat, Twitter or Messenger support as well as a Textline service at 07786 20 77 55.

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