Poppyscotland will host an open day at its Ayrshire Welfare Centre, with the aim of reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.

The event is designed to promote the mental health support services which are available to the Armed Forces community.

Taking place on Wednesday 15 May from 11am-3pm, it will bring people together to meet with specialist providers, and to help them understand what support is available.

All serving, or former serving personnel including Reservists and family members, are welcome to come along.

Visitors on the day will get a chance to speak to a host of partner organisations such as Combat Stress, Samaritans, Employable (SAMH) and Alzheimer’s Scotland.

David Cooke, Welfare Services Manager, said: “The rigours of conflict and the wider demands on our Armed Forces, together with the challenging transition from the military to civilian life, can have a significant impact on the long-term mental health of veterans and their families.

“Mental health problems in our Armed Forces community take many different forms with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and social isolation being the most high profile.

For more information, please contact the Ayrshire Welfare Centre, The MacRobert Centre, 44 King Street Kilmarnock, on 01563 598 000, or at kilmarnock@poppyscotland.org.uk.