The newly-launched CALM Driver campaign aims to raise awareness of truck drivers’ mental health. A collaborative effort between Driving for Better Business (DfBB), Highways England and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the campaign also wants to reduce the stigma surrounding the subject. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the suicide rate for truck drivers is 20% higher than the national average. The combination of unpredictable journey times, traffic congestion, tight deadlines, heavy workloads, and limited social interaction is affecting the mental health of truck drivers of all ages. Speaking about the new campaign, Mark Cartwright, head of commercial vehicle incident prevention at Highways England, said: “Drivers who get behind the wheel whe...[Read More]
Around 35% of illness at work in the transport industry is attributed to issues with mental health (although that figure is likely to be higher, considering the stigma surrounding the issue).
Lockdown is easing and things are slowly getting back to normal. But how bad has our mental health been affected during this pandemic? Last month, we announced that, as part of our #LoveLogistics campaign, we partnered with Mental Health Solutions for online mental health sessions. We’re excited to launch our first 1-hr session this Friday (3 July) at 2:30 pm which will cover tips and tricks for the trucking community on how to best cope with mental health. Colin Symington – Bailey , the Mental Health Solutions consultant, will discuss the following topics: – Mental health statistics – in relation to the workplace – Stigma and discrimination – Stress and burnout – Managing anxiety – Self-care practices – ActionforHappiness’ 10 keys to ...[Read More]
It is with immense pleasure that we announce that Mental Health Solutions is joining #LoveLogistics, our campaign to support and thank the industry for the great job they are doing.
As part of our #LoveLogistics campaign, our friends over at Connected2 have set up a free online wellbeing session for drivers on Wednesday 29th April at 11 am.
What are the main things that contribute to people’s mental health? Worrying about money, a lack of social support and stress at work. For truckers, that’s a full house.
Stress created in the workplace is the main reason fleet drivers have accidents on the road.
From a young age we’re taught to spot the physical signs of illness – coughs, sickness or chest pain could all prompt a trip to the doctors.
As any trucker knows, life on the road can be lonely. Many spend months at a time away from home and family. Living in a space of three to five square metres, they rotate between the steering wheel, gas cooker and bed. It’s not hard to understand why some might turn to alcohol for respite.