Stories of Hope & Recovery go on tour at Bus Éireann Stations Nationwide

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Marking World Mental Health Day on 10 October- An Exhibition went on display at Dublin’s Busáras from 8 October before travelling to Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and other regional locations for the next few weeks.

Expressway, the inter-regional coach service, has partnered again with Grow Mental Health to celebrate World Mental Health Month and raise awareness of mental health issues. Customers will see a photo exhibition with stories of recovery and hope in Bus Éireann bus stations nationwide. The exhibition will start in Busáras and move to other regional locations over the coming weeks. This partnership initiative is to promote positive mental health and raise vital funds for Grow Mental Health, the non-profit group.

As one of Ireland’s longest standing mental health charities, empowering and supporting more than 1,000 people weekly, Grow Mental Health has recorded a 400% year on year increase in demand for services since the pandemic began. Established in 1969, Grow delivers unique peer-to-peer support to local communities through a tailored 12-Step Recovery and Growth program. Grow is delighted to be celebrating World Mental Health Day with the launch of this exhibition, documenting members’ stories, of hope and recovery.

Proudly supported by Expressway, the initiative will be promoted right across the bus stations and through Expressway social media channels over the coming weeks, with the public asked to read the stories over recovery and hope around mental health and to donate to Grow Mental Health – these donations will help people who are struggling at this difficult time.

Michele Kerrigan, CEO of Grow Mental Health said: “During the pandemic Grow ‘s nationwide network of weekly peer support meetings had to move to online but now with the easing of restrictions we are getting to reconnect both in person and online. We see in our support groups every day how the sharing of a story of recovery can inspire hope and have a transformative effect on someone struggling with mental health challenges. What we hear over and over again is that people wish they had sought support earlier and we hope this exhibition may inspire some people who are struggling to think, if it can work for them, maybe it can also work for me too.”  Ms. Kerrigan went on to say: “No one should feel alone in their struggle as mental health difficulties unfortunately are a part of life for so many of us. Our brave members hope that by sharing their stories, others will be reminded that they are not alone. That reaching a place of positive mental health is possible for everyone. Sometimes talking to someone who understands can be the first step to feeling better.”

Eleanor Farrell, Chief Commercial Officer, Bus Éireann Expressway said: “We are extremely proud to partner up with Grow Mental Health and display their members stories of recovery and hope in our bus stations nationwide. The last 18 months have been particularly difficult for many of us, and it’s never been more important to check in on ourselves and with others. Initiatives that actively promote positive mental health and wellbeing support systems are more important than ever. We would encourage our customers to take a minute and read these stories of recovery and hope in our bus stations over the coming weeks. The photo exhibition will be on display in Busáras from today for two weeks and then it will move to Cork and other bus stations over the coming weeks. We are hoping to create wide-spread awareness of the campaign messaging across our bus stations and social media channels and raise much needed funds for our partners in Grow Mental Health.”

Expressway supported Grow’s 12 Calls of Christmas Challenge last year, and Grow has run mental health awareness training sessions for Bus Éireann managers nationwide.

Latest issue
Advertising
Latest posts
The shuttles will run 7 days a week, for up to 10 years. The new service includes a complete transport system, validated safety, and…
*faigle Kunststoffe launches hanging straps with antibacterial properties Passengers on public transport usually don’t think twice about reaching for hanging straps. Now, Vorarlberg-based plastics…
100 new Zero Emission buses and EV charging infrastructure are heading to Translink in Northern Ireland.   The new battery electric buses will be supplied by…
City Sightseeing Glasgow  will launch a full fleet of brand new electric open top buses, supplied by Wrightbus, making it one of the world’s…
Thousands of bus and coach industry professionals attended the Euro Bus Expo 2022, as the highly-anticipated event returned to the NEC Birmingham this week….
Bus Éireann has celebrated its employees’ achievements in 2022 at the regional annual GEM (‘Go the Extra Mile’) Awards, which recognise excellent customer service,…
The MAN Lion’s City E was announced as the International Bus of the Year (IBOY) 2023 at a special ‘Stars of the Year’ ceremony…
Following Citylink Ireland’s acquisition of GoBus, the National Public Passenger Transport Coach company has revised its corporate look, as featured recently by Universal Graphics,…

This website uses cookies in order to improve the site and user experience. By continuing to use it, you agree to our Privacy Policy.