Scottish celebrities have added their voice to the ‘See me’ campaign and are urging Brechin and Angus residents to ‘just listen’
The ‘see me’ campaign is a Scottish national campaign to help tackle the stigma and discrimation of mental ill-health
‘Just Listen’ encourages people in Angus to talk about mental ill-health, and to listen to what is being said.
Deacon Blue’s lead singer Ricky Ross, TV and film actor Martin Compston, Emmy award winning actor, Brian Cox, interior designer and TV presenter Colin McAllistair, Scottish actor and writer Greg McHugh and Scottish actress and singer Clare Grogan have all got behind the campaign.
Broadcaster and actor Stephen Fry is also supporting the new campaign and urged his Twitter followers to support the campaign and get listening.
The campaign comes on the back of research which found that 40 per cent of Scots would find it hard, or are unsure how to discuss or talk about mental illness, despite nearly two thirds of the population being in touch with someone with experience of mental ill-health.
Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ campaign director, said: “We are really pleased that so many well-known faces have got behind our latest campaign.
“It’s only by talking positively and openly that can we break down stigmatising behaviour so it’s great to have their support.
“We don’t have to be experts to listen to someone experiencing a mental health problem, something as simple as sitting down with a cup of tea and having a chat or sending a quick text or invitation to meet up can really make a huge difference. So, I’m urging people in Angus to just listen - you really can change a life.”