Mental health support vital as van drivers report higher stress levels
The UK’s van drivers report being more stressed than ever according to new research, with an increasing need for mental health support at work and at home
Research among more than 2,000 van drivers has revealed the vital role support networks play in protecting their mental health.
With the majority expecting increased workloads to continue throughout the year, 92% say they are feeling stressed, with issues including spending less time with their family, not getting enough sleep, and suffering poor mental health.
Support networks are proving vital for drivers, with 41% saying family is providing essential help.
The research, from the Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer, reveals that friends and family are the main source of support, while work colleagues also have a critical role to play.
The findings come as Reflex Vehicle Hire rolls out additional mental health resources for drivers.
We have pledged support for mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), which has launched the CALM Driver campaign to support van and truck drivers suffering from poor mental health.
The Reflex team are starting to distribute special vehicle packs containing guidance for drivers, while some vehicles are also being equipped with stickers that provide details of a telephone helpline and website that drivers can use. The website also has a live chat service.
The initiative is the latest step in a wide-ranging programme of driver support provided by Reflex Vehicle Hire.
Reflex are focused on helping our clients to talk more openly with their drivers about health and wellbeing and recognises that external factors, such as depression, can have a direct impact on a person’s performance in the workplace.
Research by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that the suicide rate for van drivers is 25% higher than the national average and 20% higher for truck drivers.
For more information on how Reflex Vehicle Hire is protecting driver welfare and how it can support driver’s mental health, contact a member of our expert team.