Transport industry comes together for mental health

Ron Finemore Transport celebrates R U OK? in Trucks and Sheds Day.

Several fleets and organisations are raising awareness for R U OK? in Trucks and Sheds Day today.

R U OK? in Trucks and Sheds is a collaboration between R U OK? and Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds.

It aims to ensure people in the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries know when and how to connect and genuinely ask, ‘are you OK?’.

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has partnered with Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds (HHTS) as the Official Charity Partner of the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show, which will allow both organisations to utilise every opportunity to promote positive messaging around mental health and wellbeing.

The first of those is a morning tea for all exhibitors and contractors involved in the build of the event.

“We are going to take time to enjoy a cuppa, a muffin and a chat in for a very worthy cause,” said Noelene Bradley, HVIA National Events Manager.

Linfox is celebrating R U OK? in Trucks and Sheds by highlighting the importance of mental health in colleagues across the transport and logistics industry.

“From BBQs to morning and afternoon teas, teams across Linfox and BevChain sites have created space to learn how to drive conversations and meaningfully connect with others,” a Linfox spokesperson said.

“This collaboration between R U OK? and Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds aims to ensure people in the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries know when and how to ask ‘R U OK?’ to their peers.”

Linfox New South Wales Operations Manager, Sarah Chapman, said it’s about being able to support your peers even if you can’t help them yourself.

“We’re not all experts, but it’s about guiding them in the right direction to get the help they need to be able to be okay,” she said.

“Even if somebody is not with us physically on site, we need to make sure that they still feel valued and part of the Linfox family.”

Ron Finemore Transport also shared a statement to show its support.

“Mental health is priority within our industry,” it said.

“At Ron Finemore Transport, we prioritise the wellbeing of our team members.

“Let’s take the initiative, let’s start the conversation, let’s ask R U OK?”

In other news, the New South Wales Government is urging drivers to take care during this year’s National Road Safety Week.

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