A GROUP set up to help unpaid carers in the community is set to host an open day designed to raise awareness of men’s mental health.

Carers of West Dunbartonshire are focussing on male carers and the impact caring for a loved one can have on mental health during their Carers' Rights Day on Saturday, November 25.

They will also be launching a new social media campaign - the #itsonmymind initiative - encouraging men in West Dunbartonshire to talk about mental health and seek support where needed.

Jenni McNab, marketing and engagement manager at Carers of West Dunbartonshire, explained why the group are doing this.

She told the Clydebank Post: "Looking after a loved one, whether it be due to frailty, disability, illness, addiction or mental health challenges can be difficult, and often has an impact on a carer's emotional wellbeing and the ability to sustain a life out with their caring responsibilities.

“Male carers may be less likely to seek support or talk about how they're feeling.

“Carers of West Dunbartonshire are here to support those looking after a loved one, and this Carers' Rights Day we want to encourage men in West Dunbartonshire to talk about how they're feeling."

A range of local organisations and services will be available on the day, held at Clydebank Leisure Centre, and there will be opportunities to take part in sound bath sessions and therapist sessions.

Local mental health organisations are also available to support those looking to talk about how they're feeling.

Entry to the day –between 10am and 3pm – is free and anyone and everyone is encouraged to head a long.

The #itsonmymind campaign will go live on Thursday, November 23 (Carers' Rights Day 2023) on Carers of West Dunbartonshire social media channels.