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Truck show raises awareness of mental health for lorry drivers

Leanne Lyons and Lisa McWilliams organised the truck show in memory of Leanne's husband David. Credit: UTV

Hundreds of lorry drivers parked up at a truck show at Nutt’s Corner on Saturday organised by a family who lost their loved one to suicide.

Leanne Lyons’ husband David lost his battle with depression last year. He was a lorry driver who loved trucks.

Her loss inspired Leanne and her cousin Lisa to organise Saturday’s event to highlight the issue of men’s mental health to get the message out that help is out there.

They have been amazed by the turnout and support for their cause.

“The whole purpose of today was to raise awareness within the trucking community, because they are isolated on the road, they’re in their own minds a lot of the time and it was just to raise awareness to make them know that they don’t have to be ‘big men’, that it’s ok to talk,” Leanne explained.

“It’s ok not to be ok and there is help and there are services out there that’s available for everybody you know - don’t suffer in silence,” Lisa added.

The day wasn’t just about raising awareness but also practical help with health checks on offer.

A day of conversations and fun with a potentially life-saving message for those who are struggling to reach out and receive help.