VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a programme seeking to change the lives of people struggling with their mental health.

See Me, the national initiative to end mental health stigma, is looking for Community Champions in Renfrewshire to take the lead on work which can stop discrimination against people who are having problems.

A recent YouGov poll showed that 35 per cent of people in Scotland have either experienced stigma because of their mental health or know someone close to them who has.

See Me is looking for volunteers who have personal experience of mental health conditions to create new projects and help to grow a movement of people across the country who are passionate about ending discrimination.

Suzanne Baines, a See Me champion from Erskine, took a trip around Scotland to put mental health in the spotlight by promoting Time to Talk Day.

She said: “I wanted to become a Community Champion because I have experienced first-hand the devastating impact stigma and discrimination can have on a person and their family. It has changed and possibly saved my life. It has helped to strengthen my sense of purpose and direction.”

To find out more or apply to become a Community Champion, visit www.seemescotland.org.