Leading truck maker Paccar has thrown its weight behind the important men’s mental health organisation, Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds (HHTS) and its recently launched Roadshow; a mental health outreach program which will be touring the country in a medium rigid DAF LF supplied by Paccar.
The DAF truck was initiated by Paccar Australia, its dealers as well as the ATA to provide HHTS with the opportunity to reach truck drivers, warehouse and distribution centre staff , on mental health and wellbeing issues.
The Roadshow will take in 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,” HHTS CEO, Naomi Frauenfelder, said.
“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,” Frauenfelder said.
The Roadshow has been made possible by significant backing from major industry partners including Paccar Australia and its Dealer Industry Fund, joining HHTS as a foundation sponsor.
Fuel company BP will provide HHTS with access to its network of over fuel station 500 sites, in addition to its recent sponsorship.
Crucial funding toward the initiative has also come from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) via its 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.
NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, also threw his support behind the program underlining how important mental health was in an industry where safety and well being are vital.
“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,” , Sal Petroccitto said.
The Roadshow will kick off 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.
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