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“You can’t stick a band aid over open heart surgery” Callum Beattie supports Scottish mental health charity

Scottish musical sensation Callum Beattie has lent his support to a Highland mental health charity which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health and suicide prevention.

Callum, whose latest album Vandals topped the official Scottish Albums Charts in March, will perform at Highland mental health charity, Mikeysline’s June Ladies Day at an Inverness hotel. He said:

“I work in an industry where mental health is discussed, but action is rarely taken. The creative industries are full of mental health issues, as so many of us suffer from conditions like ADHD and the knock on effect from these things can be colossal.

“I’m passionate about getting to the root cause of why people suffer from mental health problems. It’s not about sticking a band aid over an open heart surgery – it’s about getting to the cause and trying to fix it.

“Everyone should support charities like Mikeysline. Our mental health is all we have – the ability to have clear and positive thoughts is the foundation of everything we do.”

Since 2015, Mikeysline has offered confidential, non-judgemental support to people of all ages dealing with mental health issues, emotional distress or thoughts of suicide in the Highlands and Moray.

Organiser Katie Melville, fundraising manager at Mikeysline, said:

“We are thrilled to have Callum Beattie performing at our Royal Ascot Ladies Day in June. As a passionate advocate for mental health, we can’t think of anyone better to entertain us throughout the race day festivities.

“It’s a sad fact that the Highlands has a higher suicide rate than almost anywhere else in the country. Our mission at Mikeysline is to remind people that it’s ok not to be ok, and that help is always available for anyone that needs it.

“We are grateful to all the businesses and individuals that support us in our efforts, at this event and through other fundraising activities throughout the year.

“Whether people prefer to communicate by message or face-to-face, individually or in groups, we are committed to providing support to those who need it in communities across the Highlands and Moray. By sharing the burden, together we can work towards a brighter future.”

As well as Callum Beattie’s showstopping performance and a big-screen broadcast of Royal Ascot races day, guests can enjoy a Pimms drinks reception, delicious three-course lunch, afternoon tea, live and silent auctions, and other attractions.

All funds raised throughout the event will go towards supporting Mikeysline’s grassroots provision of mental health services in the Highlands and Moray, ensuring people in emotional distress have access to the assistance and support they need.

The charity also produces a popular podcast, Speaking of Suicide; works closely with teachers and pupils in schools across the north of Scotland; and offers face-to-face support in four Hives across the region.

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