Mikeysline was founded in 2015 following the tragic deaths of good friends Martin Shaw and Michael Williamson within 48 hours of each other.
This heartbreaking loss of life only added to the growing number of suicides in the Highland area. Speaking to Martin and Michael’s peers at their wake, Ron Williamson, Mikey’s uncle, heard that young people felt that they had nowhere to go when they were at a loss when struggling with mental health issues.
So Ron, along with other key individuals, founded Mikeysline with the aim of changing this so that others might receive the help and support that Mikey needed. An aim that struck an immediate chord at the hearts of many.
Support for Mikeysline quickly gathered momentum and a grassroots charity was formed. A candlelit parade was an early indication of the level of support from those in the Highlands 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 most needed.
People can struggle daily with a multitude of mental health and emotional issues, which impact their life and health, yet only a fraction of people feel able to talk about it. At Mikeysline, our suicide prevention and mental health awareness work is at the core of what we do to break down the stigma associated with seeking support for emotional distress. That it is ok not to be ok and that no one should suffer in silence.
Our team of staff and volunteers are there for you each and every day.
listen without judgement
support you when you need it most
where appropriate, signpost you to other organisations for support
where appropriate, teach you or support you through some skills-based CBT coping strategies
No matter your level of need, even if it’s just someone to talk to, you can always contact Mikeysline for support.
will fund promotional material helping us reach more people needing support
will train a new volunteer to offer life-saving support
will help cover the costs of face-to-face visits to secondary schools in Highland and Moray