Virgin Trains gets onboard with World Mental Health Day

Published on : Thursday, October 10, 2019

Virgin TrainsThis World Mental Health Day, Virgin Trains is introducing simple things that look after our mental health both onboard its services and at stations.

 

 

On Thursday 10 October until 12pm, Virgin Trains customers who purchase a hot drink onboard will be able to take another for free to share with a friend or stranger – to get people talking on their journeys.

 

 

Throughout the day customers buying a hot drink and cake will be supporting Virgin’s charity partner, Rethink Mental Illness with a donation from each sale going to support the charity’s work.

 

 

The inter-city operator will also be welcoming Samaritans to stations along its west coast route to raise awareness of their Real People, Real Stories campaign.

 

 

Natasha Grice, Executive Director of People and Responsible Business at Virgin Trains, said: “Through our partnership with Rethink Mental Illness and our work with Samaritans we know that a simple conversation can make a big difference to our mental wellbeing. So, this World Mental Health Day we’re helping to get people talking by encouraging them to have a chat over a hot drink with someone – a stranger or friend – on their journey.”

 

Brian Dow, Deputy CEO of Rethink Mental Illness, said: “A train journey can offer a chance to press pause on your day, and it shouldn’t have to involve putting your headphones on and closing off your surroundings. We’re delighted that Virgin Trains are using World Mental Health day to encourage people to strike up a conversation with someone around them. Making time for something like this outside your routine can benefit your wellbeing, so let’s make time for this on Thursday. Who knows? It could become a habit.”

 

Source:- Virgin Trains

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