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Mental Health Support for Truckies, FIFO and DIDO Workers

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A career as a heavy haulage truck driver, FIFO worker or DIDO worker isn’t for the faint hearted. With long hours spent alone behind the wheel, you have to love big rigs and being out on the open road.

Along with FIFO and DIDO workers, haulage truck drivers health are susceptible to suffering more than most when it comes to health and wellbeing, with higher rates of stress and a work environment that makes nutrition and physical health more difficult. The “harden up” culture doesn’t help, nor does the transient nature of the transport and construction industries with many workers employed on project-based contracts.

It’s important to know that when you’re feeling blue there are people who will listen. Truck driver health, FIFO mental health and DIDO mental health are all areas that Australians commonly face. We’ve compiled three great mental health support lines where you can discuss anonymously and confidentially about issues related to substance abuse, managing fatigue and much more.

1300 Driver

The 1300 Driver Helpline (1300 374 837) is run by experienced health professionals at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and provide education, information, one-off and ongoing support and referrals for long haul truck drivers and their families with issues relating to:

  • Managing sleep, long hours, alertness and thinking about stimulants;
  • Problems relaxing and getting sleep when you get home, and thinking about substances as a way to come down;
  • Anxiety and stress issues as a result of the job demands, and are looking at substances as a way to manage;
  • Changing smoking habits to meet work demands;
  • Concerned about your physical health;
  • Wanting to feel better or healthier; and
  • Thinking about positive lifestyle changes.

Trans-Help Foundation

The Trans-Help Foundation support line operates 24/7 on phone 1300 787 996 and SMS 0408 105 300. In addition to offering support to individuals over the phone, Trans-Help has Mobile Health Units that can, for a small donation, attend your depot for an “Onsite Company Health Assessment”.

Their professional call centre staff provide counselling and support on issues relating to injuries, fatalities, depression, road trauma, financial and legal difficulties, child support, regulations and WorkCover, relationships, superannuation and employment.

BeyondBlue

Last year more than 78,000 Australians contacted BeyondBlue to discuss mental health issues, which not only shows the extent of the problem nation-wide but also their ability to respond to such call volumes.

  • Email BeyondBlue – Get a response in 24 hours
  • Chat online – Available 3pm to 12am (AEST) 7 days a week
  • Phone 1300 22 4636 – Available 24/7

Supporting Truck Driver Health

National Heavy Haulage has a strong focus on driver health and safety and understands the importance of health and wellbeing to our drivers, FIFO workers, DIDO workers and anyone else involved with live away work arrangements. If you or someone you know is having a tough time get in touch with a support line for a chat.

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