A Lanarkshire man is fronting a new campaign from a national mental health programme to help more veterans open up about their mental health.
Danny Gemmell, from East Kilbride, is one of five Armed Forces veterans acting as the face of a new campaign from See Me, Scotland’s national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
On average it can take over a decade for a veteran to ask for the support they need with their mental health, with some even considering or attempting suicide before speaking out.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.
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