A NEW drop-in centre for people experiencing depression and having thoughts of self-harm has opened in Flintshire.

The drop-in centre has opened at Buckley Town Council's premises on Mold Road and is being run by the Counselling Hub Charity - set up by counsellor Paula Ringeval to provide a free mental health counselling service for local people.

The sessions, which will run on Wednesdays between 1pm and 3pm, will see an onsite counsellor on hand to help people affected by suicide, self harm and depression management.

People wanting to access the service, which also provides refreshments and social inclusion, are asked to contact 07715524911 in advance of attending due to current Covid restrictions, and numbers are limited in line with social distancing requirements.

Anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms is asked to call to book a telephone consultation.

The drop-in centre was opened on Wednesday, and its opening was attended by Buckley town councillors - including the town's mayor, Cllr Arnold Woolley.

He said: "It gives me considerable pleasure to see another very welcome service for the residents of Buckley.

"With the support from the town council, Buckley is now the fourth location within Flintshire at which the charity is able a free, safe and empathetic enviroment in order to facilitate improved mental health across the community.

"A very welcome facility given these very stressful times of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic."