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Black Isle designer Siobhan Mackenzie named latest ambassador for Highland mental health charity Mikeysline


By Hector MacKenzie

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Fashion designer Siobhan Mackenzie has been appointed ambassador of mental health charity Mikeysline. Picture: Daniel Wemyss
Fashion designer Siobhan Mackenzie has been appointed ambassador of mental health charity Mikeysline. Picture: Daniel Wemyss

ONE of Scotland’s most in-demand fashion designers has been named the latest ambassador of a leading Highland mental health charity.

Mikeysline has teamed up with award-winning designer Siobhan Mackenzie, who is from the Black Isle, to help spread its message of hope and support to an even wider community across the north of Scotland.

Siobhan joins Hollywood star Karen Gillan, football legends John Robertson and Stephen Ferguson, and businessman and former Olympian Ewan MacDonald in helping raise awareness of the vital work the charity does in the Scottish Highlands and Islands and Moray.

She said: “I’m thrilled to become an ambassador for Mikeysline. It’s a charitable organisation that I feel strongly about supporting and that does such vital work in the mental health sector in my home region of the Highlands.

“I’m looking forward to being able to support Mikeysline however I can, and helping to spread awareness for their amazing work and support services.”

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One of Siobhan’s first outings with the charity will be at the Mikeysline Burns Supper on January 25, 2024. Featuring speeches, entertainment and live music, the evening will be a fantastic way to celebrate Scotland’s national bard – and all for a good cause. Tickets are available now from www.mikeyslineburnssupper.co.uk.

Emily Stokes, CEO of Mikeysline, said: “We are so excited to welcome Siobhan to the team as an ambassador for Mikeysline. As one of the country’s leading designers, she has a unique platform to help us reach people who might be struggling in new ways.

“Siobhan’s work is rooted in the north of Scotland – and together we share a pride and passion for helping and supporting our local community.

“Since 2015 we have been providing guidance to those struggling with their mental health, emotional distress or thoughts of suicide – and we are always looking for ways to reach new corners of society who may feel unheard. Working with Siobhan will allow us to expand our reach even further, and help more people.

“We have lots of exciting plans with Siobhan over the coming months, starting with our Burns Supper in January which is sure to be a night to remember. She will also be supporting our Bee the Change campaign, which encourages Highland, Island and Moray residents to effect positive change in their communities, schools and workplaces.”

Born in the Black Isle, Siobhan draws on her Highland heritage and Clan Mackenzie roots throughout her work. Following a degree in Fashion Design & Production – during which she studied with kiltmakers Glenisla – she launched her self-named label in 2014, aged just 21.

Fashion designer Siobhan Mackenzie has been appointed ambassador of mental health charity Mikeysline.
Fashion designer Siobhan Mackenzie has been appointed ambassador of mental health charity Mikeysline.
“I’m looking forward to being able to support Mikeysline however I can, and helping to spread awareness for their amazing work and support services.”

Since then, Siobhan has designed exclusive items for Justin Bieber, Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, Caorunn Gin, LVMH Group and many others.

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. It does this via a text line service at 07786 207755; WhatsApp at 01463 729000 and via its website; and live chat, Twitter and Messenger via its website.

The charity also produces a popular podcast, Speaking of Suicide; provides supports for businesses; works closely with teachers and pupils in schools across the north of Scotland; and offers face-to-face support in Hives across the region – at its Inverness headquarters, and in Alness, Tain and Nairn. Here, service users can engage in one-to-one support, or join in group sessions for adults, men, families and school communities.

For more information about Mikeysline, visit www.mikeysline.co.uk – or find the charity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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