February 1st marks ‘Time to Talk’ day, an initiative led by Time to Change to encourage people to talk about mental health.
For eight years Mark Davies lived in secure psychiatric hospitals in Newport and Abergavenny. The 43 year old has mental health illnesses impacting how he sees the world, his ability to communicate and form relationships. Struggling to make eye contact and conversations without becoming distressed, Mark, who is from Brynmawr, turned to substance abuse to help manage his emotions and behaviour. He became isolated from his family, subsequently affecting his parents’ mental health.