Gareth Merga Gareth joined MHM in December 2018 and is the Service Manager for Talking Matters Warrington. Gareth began his career in mental health as a Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker, studying at the University of Manchester and working in Salford. He became involved in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative in 2008, training as a High Intensity Therapist as part of Wave 1 of IAPT training. Gareth completed his PGDip in CBT at the University of Birmingham whilst working as a High Intensity Therapist with Rethink in Stoke-on-Trent. He took on a managerial role at the Big Life Group in 2010, where he managed the Halton and St Helens IAPT service prior to the service in Halton being taken over by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where he continued to manage the Halton IAPT service until joining TMW. Outside of work Gareth plays bass guitar with Red Hot Rage Machine, and tries to take part in triathlons when he’s not having a laugh with his wife and children.