New union initiative to assist drivers
The life of a truck driver can be lonely and isolated and mental health issues are not uncommon among Australia’s professional drivers.
Now the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) is focussing on assisting drivers gain a happier and heathier state of mind.
Research has found 90% of truck drivers battle a mental illness.
In a bid to help, the union has teamed up with beyondblue in a partnership that will see delegates and organisers trained to help identify and support drivers.
The partnership will also look to raise awareness of mental health issues among drivers.
TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon tells us there’s also a desire to work with employers and clients on developing workplace policies on mental health.
“This initiative will seek to provide support to those living with mental health problems but also to make recommendations on what needs to be done to tackle them.”
If you need help phone Lifeline on 13 11 14, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au