13 May 2022
Transport for Wales gets on board for Brighter Journeys
For Mental Health Awareness Week, together with Network Rail and the wider industry, Transport for Wales has joined Chasing the Stigma to support passengers’ wellbeing with Brighter Journeys.
From 17 to 19 May, passengers at Cardiff Central station will see a floral installation to support the campaign, which aims to help make stations feel brighter and happier for passengers returning to the railway since the lifting of Covid restrictions.
The Brighter Journeys campaign will bring the great outdoors inside, with bursts of colourful flowers in bloom greeting passengers as they embark on their journeys. The aim is that these sensory installations act as a pleasant surprise which lift people’s spirits and put smiles on their faces as they head to work or for days out with their family. Research shows that interacting with nature puts people in a more positive mindset and makes them feel more grounded and calm*. This campaign uses the power of nature to make people feel happier and more connected to their local railway station, while raising awareness of the Hub of Hope app which signposts people to support services if they are struggling with their mental health.
The campaign comes in light of new ONS data which reports that more than a third of adults (35%) said they were ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ worried about the effect of the pandemic on their lives ‘right now’*.
Bethan Jelfs, Director of People & Change at Transport for Wales, highlights the importance of looking out for one another and the support options available. She said: “Mental Health Awareness Week is a timely reminder of the need to take care of ourselves and each other. That’s why we’re supporting Brighter Journeys and encouraging customers who may be struggling, to share and download the Hub of Hope app.”
Jake Mills, founder of Chasing the Stigma and Hub of Hope app, added: “It is great to be working with Network Rail on the Brighter Journey’s campaign. Nature is really important for mental health, so we hope commuters enjoy seeing these floral installations and they puts a smile on people’s faces. We also hope that this acts as a reminder that no one is ever alone, and mental health support is available at any time, you don’t have to be in crisis to get help. If anyone is struggling or knows someone who needs help, please download the Hub of Hope app.”
Brighter Journeys will signpost people to share and download the Hub of Hope app if they or someone they know are struggling with their mental health. The Hub of Hope is a free app that connects people to more than 4,000+ mental health support services and groups across the UK. It is available on iPhone, Android and desktop (www.hubofhope.co.uk) and directs people to the nearest relevant local support using either the postcode typed in by the user or the location of the web browser or mobile device. Searches can be filtered by specific concern/type of support required, for example peer-to-peer groups, NHS or voluntary groups. For those needing immediate help, the app has a ‘Need Help Now?’ button that connects users directly to Samaritans or Crisis Text Line’s messaging service.