Chamber member Terex, a global manufacturer of materials processing machinery and aerial work platforms, has launched its “Rest Your Mind” initiative, which will see them offer free benches to community groups across the North West of NI throughout 2024.

These benches are set to offer a safe space for people to sit, reflect and ‘take a beat’.

Jonathan Hanna, General Manager of Terex Ballymoney and Campsie sites explains the inspiration behind the project, “I am a big believer in the idea that a problem shared is a problem halved. It is crucial to encourage people to talk about and share their issues and worries before they can escalate into something more serious, such as suicide or affecting overall health. We believe that a physical space, represented by these benches, can serve as a symbolic reminder for individuals to take a moment for themselves, share their thoughts, and foster a sense of community support.”

As part of this initiative, Terex Ballymoney and Terex Campsie manufacturing sites are offering free benches to local community groups, including clubs, societies, schools, nursing homes, and other organisations. Each of these stylish benches will have the laser-cut inscription “Rest Your Mind,” a reminder of the initiative’s core mission to support mental health and well-being within the community.

Terex team members at the launch of the Rest Your Mind initiative.

Interested groups are invited to visit and explain in 50 words why they believe they need a bench for their organisation. Beginning January 2024 and for each month throughout the year, Terex will carefully select 2-3 of the most compelling reasons and deliver a specially crafted bench to the chosen organisations.

The Chamber is overjoyed that our members are taking it upon themselves to tackle the issue of mental health which as we all know has been widespread in the North West in recent times. If you are in crisis with your mental health, please reach out to Samaritans on 116 123.