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Considerable progress has been made in recent times to address the worsening crisis of mental ill health, especially among men.

However, there remains a serious problem with discrimination against and stigmatisation of people suffering mental ill health.

So it is welcome news that this is Mental Health Awareness Week, which is principally raising the profile of the illness and urging people who suffer from it to seek help and speak out.

Doing precisely that is Oban man Des MacMillan, who opens his heart to us this week to relate his story of bottling up grief for 30 years.

It is a moving account of a young boy left to wrestle with his grief after the death of his grandfather and feeling unable to talk about it.

Des has now organised a two-mile walk in Oban this Sunday and has had a gratifying response from hundreds of people who have expressed an interest in taking part in the event. Des deserves praise for his leading role as a See Me champion – and we hope there is a huge turnout for the walk.

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