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Mikeysline was founded in late 2015 following the deaths of good friends, Martin Shaw and Michael Williamson within 48 hours of each other.

This tragic loss of life added to the growing number of suicides in the Highland area, particularly amongst young people.

People can struggle on a daily basis with a multitude of mental health and emotional issues, which impact on their life and health, yet only a fraction of people feel able to talk about it.  Our aim through our suicide prevention and mental health awareness work is to help change that.


Ron Williamson

Speaking to their peers at their wake, Ron Williamson, Mikey’s uncle heard that young people in particular felt that they had nowhere to go when they were at a loss. Ron Williamson, along with other key individuals founded Mikeysline with the aim of changing this.

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Mikeysline foundations

An aim that struck an immediate chord and at the hearts of many. Support for Mikeysline quickly gathered momentum and a grass roots charity was formed.

A candlelit parade was an early indication of the level of support by those in Highland for everything that Mikeysline was being set up to achieve, but most of all to help prevent the tragic loss of further lives due to the lack of accessible support when it was needed.