A charity in Scotland is utilizing crowdfunding to create a programme to show college pupils easy methods to spot bullying and loneliness.

Research for BBC School Report has discovered that half of youngsters with psychological well being points attempt to cope alone.

Mikey’s Line was launched by the household of Michael Williamson, who killed himself in 2015 aged 23.

They wish to assist youngsters so they do not carry psychological well being points into grownup life.

The charity, primarily based in Inverness, created the Mikey’s Mates training programme to be rolled out in faculties throughout the Highlands.

Mikey’s cousin and charity trustee Jenna Donald instructed Newsbeat: “Now we have raised sufficient cash to start out with six faculties.

“So we’ll practice a feminine and male pupil to identify the indicators of individuals being bullied or dealing with social isolation from their friends.”


“Youngsters do not wish to speak, so if they will determine somebody that may assist then that is good.”

Jenna thinks it is vital to show 15 and 16-year-olds and is organising coaching to happen in the summertime holidays.

“We hope that we are able to get the primary batch skilled this summer season after which faculties could have Mikey’s Mates from September who can go on to show others,” says Jenna.

Jenna says the scheme ought to begin within the Highlands as a result of it may be a troublesome place for youthful folks, particularly males, to develop up.

She says she hopes the scheme will be rolled out throughout Scotland sooner or later.

Educated pupils won’t be anticipated to interrupt up fights or take care of violence, however supply a pleasant and calming voice and present folks easy methods to get the assistance they want.

Mikey's family and friends

“My cousin took his life at 23 after his good friend dedicated suicide. It made us realise how unhealthy psychological well being issues have been in Inverness for younger males,” says Jenna.

“There is a social stigma, folks do not take care of it and discuss it.”

The charity already runs a devoted textual content line, which was launched after Mikey’s dying.

His household agreed that youngsters have been too scared to speak on the telephone and have been used to texting and immediate messaging so would really feel extra snug typing up their issues.

Jenna says she hopes that pupils will supply up their time to study easy methods to spot bullying and says Inverness faculties have been optimistic concerning the scheme.

“Our charity volunteers know the type of individual they’d wish to assistance on the scheme and it’ll assist the youngsters as properly by giving them begin to their CV.”

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