A charity football match is to take place in aid of men's mental health - spearheaded by a man who knows all about struggles with mental illness.

Catrine Amateurs are set to take on big boys Auchinleck Talbot in a match to raise funds for men's mental health.

The charity cup match is in aid of Release Ayrshire, who support men in the area struggling with their mental health.

The idea was created jointly by club secretary, Suzanne Wise and her husband Stephen, who has suffered mental issues in the past.

Taking place on Sunday, July 16 at Riverside Park in Catrine, the day will also feature two warm-up matches from Auchinleck 2015 and 2017 teams.

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Release will have a stall set up on the day, with any money raised from the day going towards helping the charity.

Suzanne is hopeful that the day can help to support anybody who needs help, and show there is support out there.

She said: "The whole rationale behind was that my husband suffers with severe mental health issues.

"Stephen lost both his parents within 6 months in 2010 and we didn’t realise at the time,  but this was the start of Stephen becoming ill.

"He had a complete mental breakdown in 2018 and tried to commit suicide a couple of times and felt like there wasn't much awareness over men's mental health.

"We were living in North Ronaldsay, the furthest Orkney Island, and the doctor basically said that if we didn’t move Stephen would be dead. He was that far down the rabbit hole and couldn’t see an end in sight.

"We moved down to East Ayrshire on the December 2, 2018 with the sole purpose of getting Stephen better; we have had one or two blimps since moving, the last being when Stephen tried to commit suicide last November. 

"Because Stephen cannot mix with crowds, we decided to go along to Catrine Amateurs to watch the football, which Stephen enjoyed. The Club then asked for volunteers and I volunteered to become the Club Secretary in September 2019."

All this has helped Stephen take some steps on the road to recovery, and it's something that Suzanne hopes can show others that getting better is possible.

She added: "So this day is really just to highlight the importance of men's mental health and raise money for Release if we can.

"The club has got links with Robbie Muir who runs the charity and we've seen all the great work he does.

"We know as a couple what it's like to see a man struggling, so if the day can even help one person then it will have done its job, hopefully.

"As far as Stephen's story goes, it's helpful for people to know the situation and to know that there is help out there if you're looking for it."

The kids' match kicks off at around 10.45am, with Catrine and Talbot facing off at 2pm.

People of all ages are encouraged to go along and have a great day and support the cause.