FRESH from watching her nephew get married on Friday, the Countess of Wessex was in Bridgwater this afternoon.

HRH Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, unveiled a plaque at the 12-bedroom inpatient facility for young people with mental health issues at Broadway Health Park.

She was met by Linda Nash, chairman of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, its chief executive Edward Colgan, consultant psychiatrist Dr Clive North, and service manager Alison Chisholm.

Mrs Nash said last week: “We are honoured that Her Royal Highness has accepted our invitation to the young people's unit and will talk with staff and the young people themselves.

“Despite one in four of the population experiencing some form of mental ill health in their lifetime, those affected are still subject to considerable misunderstanding and stigma.”

Edward Colgan added: “The trust has an excellent record of providing innovative services that work in a collaborative way with young people, their families and carers.

“We are looking forward to showing Her Royal Highness this new facility which provides a therapeutic environment to young people; supports their recovery and helps them regain their independence so they can return to their community.”

Broadway Park cares for young people aged 13 to 18 with a range of mental health needs, often described as a risk to themselves or others.

Pick up Tuesday's Mercury for a full report from the Royal visit.