A charity is being set up in memory of a tragic Angus man who took his own life at the age of 30.
Ross Ramsay was found dead in Glasgow in 2013 after going missing from his home in the Maryhill area of the city.
He had embarked on a promising career in the music and theatre industry and had secured a new job with the National Theatre of Scotland before his death.
The 30-year-old was regarded as a friendly, modest and talented man but one who was sadly affected by mental health issues, which ultimately led to his death.
The charity Reach Across has been set up by his mother Sandra, his brother Ryan and Ross’s auntie Donna Bow who live in Arbroath.
Sandra said: “Reach Across was born after losing my son Ross to suicide.
“My son Ryan and Ross’s auntie Donna Bow and I are the founder members of the charity.
“Our aim is to work towards reducing the stigma which surrounds mental health particularly in Angus and to support people who are bereaved by suicide.”
Sandra, who works for Angus Council, continues to support the Angus Community Support Network, which is run by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in conjunction with Choose Life Angus and the council.
She said Ross felt stigma attached to his mental health and that he and the Ramsay family would have benefited from the existence of a support network at that time.
Sandra organised a variety evening at the Webster Theatre in Arbroath last year and the profits have now been given to two good causes.
A cheque for £1,449 was presented to Angus Community Support Network and £1,200 has gone to Artmoves which provides opportunities for people who have learning and/or physical disabilities to showcase their achievements in staging drama productions and other cultural arts.
Liam Yule, suicide prevention development manager for SAMH, said: “SAMH wants to thank Sandra Ramsay for organising the event in April in loving memory of her son Ross and for raising much needed funds over the years for mental health and suicide prevention.”
For more details phone Shanice Taylor on 01674 676494.