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Moto launches driver mental health scheme
By adminCategories: NewsPublished On: Sunday 24 September 2023
Motorway service network Moto Hospitality has announced an initiative to encourage HGV drivers to connect and talk to one another to improve their mental health.
Moto points out that in the transport and storage sector, an estimated 41 per cent of ill health is caused by work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
The ‘Cabversation’ initiative, launched in partnership with Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), is supported by the RHA.
Drivers are being encouraged to use the 60 ‘talking benches’ installed at Moto service stations across the UK, which provide a physical space for HGV drivers to start a ‘cabversation’ with one another. Website articles, social media content and digital signage at Moto sites will also encourage HGV drivers to connect and share how they are feeling.
The campaign will utilise expertise from Mind and SAMH to provide HGV drivers with the tools to connect with others. Moto Foundation, the charitable arm of Moto Hospitality, launched the partnership with the charities, which will run for five years and aims to raise £1.25 million.
Mind CEO Sarah Hughes said: “Through this campaign, we’ll be able to encourage HGV drivers, many of whom have expressed feelings of loneliness while on the roads, to connect with each other. This is important as connecting with others can help improve our mental wellbeing and create a sense of belonging.
“This is crucial as the pandemic has had a devastating effect on the nation’s mental health, especially for those of us with existing mental health problems, and the cost-of-living crisis is only making matters worse.”
RHA managing director Richard Smith said: “We’d encourage truckers to use these facilities and talk to each other because driving lorries can be a very solitary job. Many people suffer with loneliness and anxiety when they’re away from home, which is why it can make such a difference to stay connected with support networks and make new ones.”