Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds met with local mental health charity Torfaen Mind last week to thank them for the vital work they do in supporting people who are experiencing mental health problems.
Torfaen Mind provide a number of wide-ranging services for people in the local community. These include a free six-week, programme designed to help people understand and be more in control of their feelings, both community and private counselling services, as well as access to shower facilities and food parcels for those who are homeless.
During the meeting with Chair and CEO, Ben Jeffreys and Greg Thomas, The Torfaen MP also discussed how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted upon people’s mental health, and how the charity has had to adapt to the everchanging situation to be able to provide its services for those who have needed it throughout the pandemic.
On meeting with the local charity, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP said:
“I would like to thank Ben Jeffreys and Greg Thomas from Torfaen Mind for taking their time to speak to me about how this vital charity is providing support for people across the borough who are experiencing mental health problems. It has never been more important to ensure people can get the right support for their mental health and wellbeing.”
“With a protected minimum spend of £783m for 2021-22 on mental health, more than any other aspect of the NHS, I am pleased that the Welsh Government is committed to addressing this important issue as a top priority. It was particularly welcome that, on Children’s Mental Health Week, the Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing Eluned Morgan announced an investment of £9.4m to support children and young people who have been terribly impacted by the pandemic.”