Merthyr and the Valleys Mind is encouraging people to come and talk about their mental health this Time to Talk Day (1st February 2018).

The charity, which is relaunching its counselling service on Thursday 1st February 2018 with Gerald Jones MP, is particularly keen for men aged 18-50 to open up about any problems they may be having.

Julian John, Chief Executive of Merthyr and the Valleys Mind, said: “Our Talk to Me counselling service offers people a space to talk through their negative thoughts or challenges. One in four people are affected by poor mental health every year and we want to help as many people as we can.”

The Talk to Me service is commissioned by the Cwm Taf University Health Board as part of its investment into talking therapies across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. We support 240 people every year through the service, which is available to people via their GP.

Julian added: “We know it makes a real difference to people lives, and this year we want to reach out to more men. We want to enable men to talk about their feelings and to help them to find solutions to their problems; it often takes balls to talk.”

Gerald Jones MP said: “It’s really important that people who are struggling with their mental health are able to talk to someone. Merthyr and the Valleys Mind’s service gives the people in our community a safe place to come and get the help they need.”

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