UK train stations to display flowers to improve passenger mental health

Train passengers will be greeted with colorful flowers at major stations across Britain to improve the mental health of passengers.

Network Rail said it hopes the facility will “lift people’s spirits” as they travel.

The Brighter Journeys initiative aims to raise awareness of the free Hub of Hope app, which helps users access support if they have mental health issues.

The flowers will initially be displayed at London Liverpool Street station between Monday and Wednesday to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Sensory floral installation unveiled at London Waterloo
The flowers will be displayed at stations across Britain (David Parry/PA)

The installation will then be moved to these stations: Leeds, Edinburgh Waverley, Birmingham New Street, Stevenage, East Croydon and Cardiff.

A survey of 5,136 UK adults by the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy indicated that 70% of people say their mental health has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost a fifth of respondents (19%) rated their mental health as “poor”.

Brighter Journeys is a joint campaign between the rail industry and mental health charity Chasing the Stigma.

Rupert Lown, Head of Health and Safety at Network Rail, said: “We recognize that life since the pandemic has been difficult for many people, with many challenges to overcome.

“We hope that by running this campaign, we will bring happiness and joy to many passengers in their daily lives, reminding them to take a break and have a moment to connect with nature.”

Jake Mills, Founder of Chasing the Stigma and Hub of Hope, said: “Nature is really important for mental health, so we hope commuters will enjoy seeing these floral installations and that they will put a smile on people’s faces.

“We also hope this serves as a reminder that no one is ever alone and that mental health support is available at all times.

“You don’t have to be in crisis to get help. If anyone is in trouble or knows someone who needs help, please download the Hub of Hope app.

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