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Driver Hire Training Supports Drivers’ Mental Health

9 October 2023

With World Mental Health Awareness Day on the 10th October 2023, there has never been a better time to discuss why mental health awareness for drivers is crucial, as driving can be a stressful and demanding task that can take a toll on a person’s mental wellbeing. Driver Hire Training has pulled together some important advice to help drivers manage stress and mental health:

  • Recognising indications of stress: Drivers should be aware of the common stress triggers associated with their job, such as traffic congestion, long hours, tight schedules, and dealing with difficult passengers or customers. Identifying these is the first step in managing them.
  • Self-Care: Companies should encourage drivers to prioritise self-care. This includes getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, staying physically active, and finding time for relaxation, support for good causes and leisure activities.
  • Seeking Support: It’s important for drivers to know that it’s okay to seek support when needed. This may involve talking to a manager or colleague, a mental health professional, reaching out to a support group, or confiding in a trusted friend or family member.
  • Managing Anxiety: Drivers often face high-pressure situations, such as navigating through heavy traffic or dealing with difficult passengers. Techniques like deep breathing, mindfulness, or meditation can help manage anxiety and stress in these situations.
  • Work-Life Balance: Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for mental health. Drivers should strive to set boundaries between work and personal life and ensure they have time for rest and relaxation.
  • Awareness of Mental Health Resources: Employers may provide information about mental health resources available to drivers, such as employee assistance programs (EAPs) or counselling services. Having access to these resources can make a significant difference in seeking help when needed.
  • Regular Check-Ins: Employers can implement regular check-ins with drivers to assess their mental wellbeing. These check-ins can provide an opportunity for drivers to voice concerns or seek support.
  • Training and Education: Employers can offer training and educational programmes that focus on mental health awareness and stress management techniques for drivers. This can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and help drivers open up to discuss how they are feeling.
  • Promote a Positive Work Environment: Fostering a positive and supportive work environment is essential. Encourage open communication, empathy, and respect among all employees.
  • Fatigue Management: Fatigue is a significant concern for drivers, as it can impair mental health. Employers should ensure that drivers are not overworked and that they have access to adequate rest breaks.
  • Recognising Signs of Mental Health Issues: Drivers should be educated about the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, such as depression, prolonged stress and anxiety, so they can recognise these signs in themselves or their colleagues.
  • Destigmatising Mental Health: Reducing the stigma associated with mental health is crucial. Drivers should feel comfortable discussing their mental health without fear of judgment or negative consequences.
  • Assistance When Faced With Emergencies: Ensure drivers are aware of emergency protocols for dealing with high-stress or traumatic situations on the road, such as accidents or witnessing accidents involving others.

Promoting mental health awareness for drivers can lead to safer roads and healthier individuals. Employers, regulators, and drivers themselves all play a role in creating an environment where mental health is prioritised and supported.  We hope that these tips have been helpful.

Driver wellbeing is a topic that is covered in a number of Driver Hire training courses, including Driver CPC. Free resources to help promote good mental and physical health are available on Driver Hire’s recruitment website.

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