The grieving family of a mental health nurse have now launched a charity in tribute to their beloved daughter who was found dead in her home, aged just 20.

Megan Copeland had a seven-year struggle with mental health issues, with her family previously telling the Times about their grief after Megan’s tragic death.

She was found dead by her dad Rob on Monday, September 30 when he came home from work. Her mum Jenny was working in the Shetland Islands at the time.

Jenny told the Times how trying to help other people when mental health services are so stretched has helped the family to cope after the loss of Meghan.

We previously reported how the family planned to set up Megan’s Space to help other young people struggling with their mental health with a crowdfunding page set up last year.

Funds are now sittings at £22,639 with at least another £3,500 waiting to go in.

The family are now going through the process of formalising the charity, which was officially launched last week on what would have been Megan’s 21st birthday.

Megan’s mum Jenny said: “Her birthday was on Thursday, July 16 and we were keen to launch it on her birthday

“On the day we had prayers and services but at the end of the day we had a lot of people socially distanced who met up on Irvine beach and we had a candlelit vigil for her to launch the charity.

“Traditionally you had the five stages of grief, where research tells us there is now the sixth stage, with the sixth stage meaning and purpose.

“Having the opportunity to try and make sure Megan’s life wasn’t lost in vain has allowed us all to try and channel our grieve in a much more positive way.

“There is no doubt we are all deeply sad and we all have our crisis moments but

knowing we have already been able to help some people in in any small way it just helps us.

“It’s given our life a purpose when it would have been so easy to be bitter and channelling our love for her into her legacy.

“Over the last 10 months we have been supporting people and redirecting them to other groups and private consultants. In essence it will work in six areas advocacy, research, education, support, self-care/wellbeing and post-suicide support.

“Over the next months we will be looking for people to get involved as trustees and volunteering – we’re intending it to be quite a big concern.”

For more information visit Megan’s Space page on Facebook.