Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) has launched a mental health outreach program, touring around the country in a medium rigid DAF LF.
The vehicle was initiated by PACCAR Australia, its dealers and the Australian Trucking Association and now provides HHTS with the opportunity to reach truck drivers, warehouse and distribution centre staff, on mental health and wellbeing issues.
The Roadshow will take on 18 industry events across 2022, providing mental health support through resources developed by HHTS and promoting education materials tailored to the needs of the heavy vehicle and supply chain sector.
The team will encourage the use of the free Healthy Heads App and will distribute pocket-sized handbooks with practical mental health and wellbeing tips.
“The announcement of the Roadshow comes with great excitement as it allows HHTS to connect with those in the industry who may not have access to the tools they need to take care of their mental health,” said Naomi Frauenfelder, HHTS CEO.
“Our long-term ambition is to make mental health part of everyday conversation and the Roadshow provides HHTS with the means to help people in the sector feel more connected. It’s about stopping to have a chat and knowing where to turn when support is needed,” she said.
The Roadshow has been brought to life through significant backing from major industry partners including PACCAR Australia and Dealer Industry Fund, joining HHTS as a Foundational Sponsor.
As well as BP who will provide HHTS with access to their network with over 500 sites, in addition to their recent sponsorship. Crucial funding toward this initiative also comes from The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) via the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.
“At PACCAR we prioritise mental health as much as we do safety. In partnering with HHTS as a Foundational Sponsor and contributing to the delivery of the Roadshow we are proud to show our commitment to better mental health and wellbeing for the wider transport and logistics industry,” said PACCAR Australia Managing Director Andrew Hadjikakou.
The Roadshow begins its tour in March, hosting events in Albury, Marulan and Gundagai at BP facilities. Events will be free and open to anyone who works in road transport, warehousing and logistics.
“With close to half a million heavy vehicles on our roads, improving the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in the industry is a priority for the NHVR, and is pivotal in keeping all road users safe,” said NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto.