Feature, Freight News, Sea, Road

Stena gets on board the Mental Health Bus

[ September 1, 2021   //   ]

Ferry company Stena Line has joined with the 5asideCHESS Battling Suicide Bus initiative on the Northern Ireland leg of its UK tour, including the Breaker Breaker Truck Show.
The Show, which took place at Nutts Corner on 28 August, is a fundraising Event in aid of men’s mental health, particularly lorry drivers, to raise awareness among this profession and men’s health in general.
Diane Waldron, a volunteer with the 5asideCHESS Battling Suicide Bus said: “We have taken the bus all around the UK in an attempt to help with the epidemic of loneliness and isolation which has developed in recent years, especially so during the Covid-19 pandemic. On the bus, amongst other practical support materials, we use a small game of 5asideCHESS as a tool to help get people connecting and talking, which is a very important first step.”
“I would like to commend Stena Line for their support in enabling us to bring the bus to Belfast. We received a very positive response at the Breaker Breaker event in Belfast and a high level of engagement. This is important especially with those people who feel under pressure and lonely at this difficult time.”
Stena Line provided transport for the bus to and from Northern Ireland as well as supporting members of the group to engage with its passengers and crew to promote the work of the mental health charity.
Stena Line’s freight commercial manager for the Irish Sea, Anna Breen, said: “We all know the stresses and strains which have been put on people in the last 18 months. The commercial driving community has been experiencing its own issues in recent months so any opportunity to help shine a light on these and provide some practical support is one we wholeheartedly endorse at Stena Line. I’d like to congratulate Diane and her term on this very important initiative, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”