About Us

Miricyl was founded in 2017 with the aim of increasing Mental Illness Research in Children and Young Lives, a Miricyl. Our CEO started by investigating the UK’s £5bn per year of health research funding. During the course of our campaigning on this UK Research and Innovation, the UK’s largest funder, announced a £35 million investment in adolescent mental health in 2019 and a further £24 million in 2021.

In 2020 Miricyl’s focus shifted to developing digital solutions for young people’s mental health. There is a large gap between the number of young people affected by mental illness and the resources available to help them. Of the 1.7 million young people affected by mental illness 2 out of 3 are not receiving NHS treatment. We want to fill that gap.

Our Team

Alex Conway

Chief Executive Officer

I was affected by seasonal depressions since university. At 29 working as an investment manager, my dream job, I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. It is an episodic illness. I asked when will my next episode be and how will it affect me? The consultant said. ‘I don’t know.’ I said. ‘What do you know?’ She said. ‘You will have another episode.’ Inspiring 🙂

When I did 10 years later I left my 20-year career in finance and started Miricyl, my now dream job. I set up Miricyl so other people didn’t have to go through what I have been through and so that they can have dreams without the nightmares of mental illness.

Caitlin

Marketing Manager

“Caitlin has been with Miricyl since Summer 2021, firstly as an intern, but she has now transitioned into a role as our Marketing Manager. Outside of working for us, Caitlin is also studying undergraduate Criminology at the University of Surrey, and in her spare time, can often be found at either a CrossFit class, or an indoor climbing centre.”

Roger

Marketing Consultant

“Roger brings a range of experiences from a long career with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (as was) and the newly formed Tesco Bank, followed by leadership / consulting roles in the Edinburgh start up scene. He was on the board of the Ecology Centre a local environmental / health charity in Kinghorn for 3 years.

Having seen one too many family, friends and colleagues suffer from a range of mental health conditions Roger offered to support the team from an early stage in the Charities development. He saw the opportunity to help build a unique digital platform to offer immediate practical help to young people without all the delay and procedure involved in going through more traditional channels.”

Ruby

Design and Social Media

“I studied psychology and early years education, and I have been an early years educator for four years. During this time, I found out that mental health is affecting children and young lives as well. Therefore, I am so happy and appreciative that MIRICYL is increasing mental health awareness in children and young lives by providing a lot of resources. At the same time, I am very interested in digital marketing, and now I am working for the marketing team. I enjoy being part of this supportive team! Go MIRICYL!”

Leanne

Chief Technology Officer

“I’ve been working with Miricyl since early 2022 after searching for a volunteer role for a mental health charity where I could use my experience working in the tech industry. Supporting those struggling with their mental health is very important to me. I found that getting help is a constant fight and I want to do what I can to make it easier for others to get the support they deserve.

In my spare time I love to be outdoors. I like enjoy long distance hiking, running, weight training and also play rugby.”

Trustees

Bryn

“Bryn is a serial entrepreneur specialising in hospitality and E-commerce.
Bryn has worked closely with Alex for over 4 years now and has recently become Chair of the Trustees.

Mental health and especial young people’s mental health has always been important to him due to his own personal journey and that of his family.”

Hannah

“Hannah joined Miricyl during the first national lockdown, bringing with her personal experience of supporting family members with their mental health and experience of marketing and business development. Outside Miricyl, Hannah works at a PR and communications firm based in London, supporting some of the largest companies in the world across both media and public affairs-based consultancy work. In her spare time, she likes to travel, walk her dog, paddle board, and play lacrosse.”

Amol

“Amol is passionate about helping the community and especially young people going through difficult times. Mental Health is important at every stage of a person’s life, and it is vital that we develop a good understanding of this topic from a young age. MIRICYL plays a key part in increasing awareness and delivering practical help and support to young people in need. I am proud to be part of the team!”

Our Partners and Supporters

Saving life is a pricesless.
Every little helps.

If you like what you see on our website, we have designed our AI platform so that other organisations can use their branding on it. You can make it your own and use our technology, picking and choosing form our curated content. If there is functionality that you would like to see please let us know. The more users we have the more we can learn about what helps people with their mental illness, so we welcome working with new partners. Please get in touch

Testimonials

"This website really helps parents too."
"I love it" Alan, Youth Centre Manager.
"It is really, really cool" Alice, Age 14.

Blogs News and research

We exist to help young people affected by mental illness.
This report was written by young people, supported by Young Scot and funded by the Scottish Government. We love it and are implementing some of the recommendations.
How to build a website Part I Branding
We worked with amazing young designer Naomi and she created this pack to ask young people what they liked in terms of branding, mood, colours and functionality.
How to build a website Part II Clinical Screening
We worked on a project led by the Head of Psychology at Edinburgh University and Claire Ann his Phd student helped create this clinical screening concept.
How to build a website Part III User Stories
User stories are key building blocks for creating any digital product. Here is one of our proposed user stories.
How to build a website Part IV Key Components of an App
Claire Ann and a team of Masters students from Edinburgh University created this research piece on the key components of mental health apps.
How to build a website Part V Developer Brief
We used all this to create a brief for the developers of the latest iteration of our website.
How to build a website Part VI Continuous Improvement
Pete from leading design and development agency TopTal conducted in depth user interviews to help us improve our website

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