A programme focused on ending mental health stigma is calling on ex-service personnel to take part in a new Scotland-wide campaign.

See Me, which is managed by SAMH and the Mental Health Foundation, is working on a project which explores how the issue affects armed forces veterans.

The organisation said that while veterans are not necessarily more likely to struggle with their mental health, they can wait more than 10 years to ask for help.

Some veterans could believe they might appear weak if they admit they are struggling, and some do not know what is happening to them.

These are seen to be two of the greatest barriers faced by veterans when seeking support.

Nick Jedrzejewski, See Me communications and public affairs manager, said: “Too many veterans are struggling alone with their mental health, unable to ask for help.

“Unfortunately, this can lead to a point of crisis for too many. We want to change this.

“With this new campaign, we hope to show veterans having a tough time with their mental health that they aren’t alone.

“One of the most powerful ways of addressing mental health stigma, in all communities, is by sharing and talking about what we’ve been through.

“We’re really keen to hear from veterans and their families who are willing to share those experiences.”

To find out more about the campaign and how to get involved, contact Nick.Jedrzejewski@seemescotland.org.