I live in Glasgow and I've been a member of the Support in Mind Scotland Carers Group for more than 10 years. It has been a great source of information, support and I learned so much from the other members of the group.

For the past 25 years I have worked as pawnbroker and I've seen into other people's lives in a way that few people do, I've listened to many sad stories and I've managed to help a lot of people along the way. It opened my eyes to how a little can help in a really big way. It is a job in which I learned compassion, patience and that some of my customers had mental health problems and did not receive the help that they needed from government agency, they were let down and had no one else to turn to. We even started a collection for the food bank and it amazed me that people who had very little gave so much and choose so thoughtfully the donations they made.

I have members of my family who have had problems with their mental health and Support in Mind Scotland offered support when there was no-one else to help us.

I joined the board at Support in Mind Scotland to help promote the organisation, to help educate people in mental health awareness and to overcome the stigma involved in the illness.