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See Me explored the experiences of veterans all over Scotland to launch The Guard campaign, which aims to encourages veterans who are struggling with their mental health to ask for help more quickly.

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On average it takes more than 10 years for a veteran to seek support for their mental health, with many reaching crisis point before telling anyone. This is a vital campaign putting the stories of five veterans at its heart.

I was invited to the launch of the campaign at Waverley station, where portraits of the veterans were on display, accompanied by a QR code which people can scan to hear their stories. I met the veterans who had bravely put themselves forward for the campaign, including Stacey, who now works for Combat Stress, supporting fellow veterans with their mental health. You can view more about the campaign here.

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👏 Congratulations to the 17 projects awarded a share of the Scottish Veterans Fund 2023-24 to help them continue providing ex-service personnel with support for physical and mental health, financial, employment and cost of living challenges. Pictured is Veterans Minister Graeme Dey visiting Community Veterans Support in Glasgow. The organisation has been awarded £18,536 for its Warmer, Healthier, Safer Veterans project which is providing food, peer support and financial advice to veterans facing challenges as a result of the cost of living crisis. Read more about the Fund here: #SupportForVeterans #ScottishVeteransFund #VeteransSupport
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Really interesting visit to @combatstress yesterday to meet with staff and veterans at their new Edinburgh Hub. It was great to hear more about their services and veterans' personal experiences of using them. #veteransmentalhealth #veteransvoices #itsokaytoaskforhelp
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I recently had the pleasure to visit Sight Scotland Veterans’ Hawkhead Centre in Paisley and see first hand the outstanding work they do supporting veterans with sight loss across the country. Learn more on our website via the link in our bio.
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A Forces Pension Society campaign is encouraging #veterans who may have unclaimed pension benefits to come forward. This could be anyone aged 60 or over who served after April 1975. If you or someone you know could be eligible, get info about making a claim at #ForcesPensionSociety #ForcesPensions #VeteransPensions
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