A SHORT film created by men from across Warrington to highlight the importance of talking about mental health has been viewed almost 30,000 times.

Two best friends from Orford teamed up to launch a free mental health group for men in Warrington.

Sam Driscoll and Terence Evans created Man Talk Warrington to help men across the town to talk about their mental health struggles and to meet other experiencing something similar.

To create further awareness of mental health during lockdown, the friends created a short film entitled 'On the surface' of 46 Warrington men.

Sam said: "This is quite honestly the most emotional project I have worked on and although I proud of the finished result, I am far prouder of the 46 men that are in it.

"Talking about mental health for men takes courage and forces you to step outside your comfort zone.

"I wanted to replicate this by asking these men to step out of the comfort zone by appearing on camera for the world to see.

"I hope people give this the respect that it deserves and absorb the message and understand that emotion is not weakness and feelings make us human."

Man Talk Warrington are going from strength to strength and were even commended in Parliament by Warrington South MP Andy Carter and Matt Hancock a couple of weeks ago.

Both Sam and Terence experienced the mental health system and felt the need to establish a more informal and regular event for men to attend where they could just listen and speak to others.

The self-funded group is for men of all ages and is not exclusively for those experiencing mental health issues.

If you are interested in joining Man Talk Warrington you can access their Facebook page here or email Sam and Terence on mantalk-warrington@outlook.com.