Train station flowers highlight mental health support

22/08/18

Floral displays are being used to highlight the support available to people with mental health issues while also brightening up Durham train station. 

Volunteers from LNER planted the colourful display as part of the city’s entry for the Britain In Bloom competition.

The planters around the station are being looked after and watered by volunteers from Samaritans Durham City and aim to promote the support that their team and helpline offers to people in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

The displays have been created as a joint project between Durham County Council, LNER, Durham In Bloom and the Samaritans. The partnership is hoping that its efforts will be rewarded when the results of the In Bloom judging are announced in October.

Pauline Walker, Senior Civic Pride Officer at Durham County Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight the great work that Samaritans do, whilst at the same time adding some colour to people’s day. It would be amazing if we could build on our past horticultural successes and receive another award for our floral displays.”

David Keech, Customer Experience Manager at LNER, said: “It’s a fantastic partnership we’ve formed with The Samaritans and Durham County Council. The planters will hopefully encourage those in need of help to get in contact with them and take advantage of the service they offer. We were delighted to welcome the judges to Durham Station and talk them through this important partnership."

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