Truckwash boss shines light on mental health support for HGV drivers

Laura Cardwell, Managing Director of Lymm Truckwash, is hosting a Driver Day in support of a range of mental health charities, including: YoungMinds, The Calm Zone, Andy’s Man Club and Heads Together to raise awareness of supporting HGV drivers’ wellbeing.

On Thursday 29th April, Lymm Truckwash will host a Driver Day for drivers visiting for a wash that day. The event will include competitions, freebie goodie bags and industry advice to shine a light on support for HGV drivers who spend much of their week alone and have continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic.

A study by mental health charity MIND found that 30% of self-reported work-related illness in the transport and logistics industry are due to stress, depression and anxiety. Research also found that many workers do not disclose the real reason for their absence – for instance, 95% of workers calling in sick due to stress give a different reason to their manager. Additionally, 22% of workers have been diagnosed with a mental ill health, but less than half of those have disclosed this to their manager. *

The role itself can be isolating, with a standard working day often including long hours of intense concentration, strict time constraints, demanding delivery targets and heavy traffic conditions, combined with long periods of time away from family.

It is also documented that three times as many men as women die by suicide and men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.* Statistics also show that men are less likely to talk about their mental health than women, which can be particularly problematic in male dominated industries such as logistics and transport.

Laura Cardwell, Managing Director of Lymm Truckwash, comments “The pandemic has made lots of people talk more openly about mental health but there is still a long way to go for the logistics industry. Throughout the year we have continued to support drivers with a friendly, welcoming smile and free refreshments. We have also kept our prices the same as 2020 to support our customers. They support us, so it is the least we can do for them.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support from HGV drivers and those in the logistics industry throughout the pandemic and wanted to host this Driver Day to show our thanks and celebrate the start of easing of lockdown restrictions, but also raise awareness of driver wellbeing and mental health.”

The event will be supported by a range of companies including Highways England, D4 Drivers, Radcat, Maple Fleet, Washtec and more.

Alfie from Alfie’s Trucking Photos will also be on site taking photos of all trucks in attendance. Alfie is nine years old and uploads truck photos to his dedicated Facebook page, any money he raises goes straight to YoungMinds, a mental health charity for children. So far, he has raised over £3000 and any photos he takes on the day will be available to drivers after the event.

Laura adds: “Whilst there are no dedicated HGV mental health charities, we will be joined by four amazing charities including YoungMinds, The Calm Zone, Andy’s Man Club and Heads Together.”

The Driver Day event will be held outside, with social distancing measures in place, in keeping with restrictions. The day is open to transport managers, company owners and those who work in the industry or associated companies, but due to Covid please RSVP by emailing Laura Cardwell

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