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Easter Ross strongman Luke Stoltman speaks out about seeking help following bereavement and urges others to follow suit in special message for Mikeysline


By Hector MacKenzie

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A ROSS-SHIRE strongman has urged others struggling with mental health issues to seek help that is freely available.

Luke Stoltman made his remarks in his capacity as an ambassador for Mikeysline.

The service offers confidential support to those in emotional distress, feeling lonely or isolated through a textline and a drop-in centre in the Highland capital.

In a video recorded for the charity, Mr Stoltman stressed that help is always available.

He talks about getting help from a therapist after the death of his mother and says that it was "so beneficial".

He said: "I didn't feel like I was getting judged for anything. Your family and friends can sometimes judge you whether rightly of wrongly. There is help out there and that is why Mikeysline is such a great charity."

He added: "Please remember, there is always help."

The charity said: "Some of us may still feel that seeking help with our mental health is a sign of weakness - yet it’s actually the opposite.It takes massive courage. Don't be alone with difficult thoughts and feelings.It's okay not to be okay.

"We are here every evening offering non-judgemental support and a listening ear."

Thetext line is 07779303303 and the Hive, at 19 Academy Street, Inverness, has appointments available from 6.15pm -7.30pm and a drop-in from 7.45pm - 9.45pm.

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