Mural raising awareness of mental health services unveiled at Glasgow Central

A mural has been unveiled at Glasgow Central station to raise awareness of the mental health support services available across Scotland.

Network Rail collaborated with charities Samaritans and Breathing Space to commission local street artist Sam Bates, aka ‘Smug’, to design and spray paint the mural over four nights at platform eight of Scotland’s busiest station.

Measuring over 10 metres in length, the mural depicts a hand reaching out across a divide where a second group of hands reaches back – symbolising that ‘helping hands’ of support are available for those in need.

Drew Burns, Network Rail station manager, said, “Having the opportunity to build upon our strong partnership with the Samaritans and Breathing Space and to work with such a talented artist as Smug is a real honour for Scotland’s railway.

“The mural is stunning, and we hope it will encourage anyone who needs support to contact Samaritans or Breathing Space and make that important call.

“This has been challenging year for so many of us and we fully understand that the build up to the festive period can be difficult.  We hope people do reach out to the support available.”

Olivia Cayley, Samaritans head of rail programme, added, “We’re really excited to be supporting Network Rail and Smug’s mural at Glasgow Central station. It’s a much-needed symbol of hope that comes at a time when staying connected and looking out for one another is crucial.

“Samaritans has been in partnership with Network Rail for over 10 years, working together to remind the public that suicide is preventable and talking really can save lives – whether that’s a conversation with a friend, a colleague over a virtual chat, or with Samaritans volunteers who are always there to listen without judgement. Anyone who needs us can phone free on 116 123 or email”

Tony McLaren, Breathing Space national coordinator, commented, “Our trained advisors at Breathing Space are here on 0800 83 85 87 to offer compassionate listening and advice to anyone who is struggling.

“The mural is a striking reminder that you are not alone, and that reaching out to friends, family or a national helpline can make all the difference.”