Part of the fifth generation at his family’s transport business, Isaac de Bruyn, 27, is encouraging companies large and small to come together, share stories and learn how to have an R U OK? conversation any day of the year.
Isaac began getting his hands dirty at De Bruyn Transport from a young age – first loading containers, sweeping floors and painting pallets. In time, he recognised the challenges that come with working in the industry and experienced mental health struggles.
“Working in transport you work long hours, away from home, alone in a truck. On top of that, our timelines are often tight, and clients and customers can be demanding, which adds pressure,” said Isaac. “Even though we can all struggle from time to time, not everyone is comfortable talking about it.”
Isaac now serves as the company’s wellbeing officer and is encouraging companies large and small to come together, share stories and learn how to have an R U OK? conversation any day of the year.
Today marks four weeks until this year’s R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds on Tuesday May 16.
It’s an industry-wide initiative that aims to drive meaningful conversations for those working in road transport, warehousing and logistics.
As wellbeing officer, the role prioritises mental health and encourages workmates to look out for one another. This is the second year he is championing R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds in the family business.
“R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds shows us we can all start a conversation with someone we’re worried about. It really is as simple as asking ‘how have you been travelling?’ and being ready to genuinely listen,” he said.
“By participating in R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds you’re creating moments for staff to connect and look out for one another, and acknowledging the challenging work everyone does.”
Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds and R U OK? have developed a range of free tools including a practical conversation guide, tips on how to spot the signs someone might be struggling, when to ask, ‘are you OK?’, and a guide to hosting your workplace event. Click here for more info.
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