A “life-changing” mental health service at three hospitals in north Wales is to be expanded to GP surgeries.

More than 2,500 people have used I Can centres at Glan Clwyd, Gwynedd and Wrexham Maelor hospitals since the trial was launched earlier this year.

The centres offer support to patients at A&E departments who may not require medical treatment or a bed.

They employ both volunteers and paid staff, many of whom have experienced mental health issues themselves.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said the service allowed people to talk about mental health issues away from wards.

It hopes extending the scheme to GP surgeries and community hubs will allow people to get support close to home if they do not need medical treatment.

Shannon Doherty, 23, was helped

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