The Healthy Heads Road Show is heading to the Northern Territory for the first time to help promote the importance of looking after your mental health and wellbeing.
The team will be at BP Darwin, located at 13 Distribution Drive, Wishart, on Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21, from 7am-11am (ACST).
The Healthy Heads Road Show aims to help reduce stigma, raise awareness and helps connect people with Healthy Heads industry-tailored mental health and wellbeing resources.
“Mental health is something that we all have every day, not just something we have when we are struggling,” said Kayla O’Brien, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds’ project coordinator.
“It is important to manage our mental health as we do our physical health so that we can stay mentally healthy.
“An important way to manage our mental health is to eat healthier and stay active. What we eat and the exercise we do can have a big impact on how we feel,” O’Brien added.
“When we are mentally unwell we may not be able to cope with the challenges of work and life as well as when we are healthy, so if you or someone you know is struggling it is important that we let them know they are not alone and to give them a helping hand so that they are not overwhelmed while they recover.
“Also, let them know it is OK to not be OK.
“A simple conversation over the radio or at a stop can make a huge difference to how we feel, so be sure to say G’day to your fellow truckies when you get the chance.”
Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds delivers tailored programs and resources that are designed specifically for people and businesses within the transport, warehousing and logistics sector.
Presenting from a custom-built Road Show Truck, the Healthy Heads team encourages conversation about mental health and how there are tailored resources that can assist in keeping workers mentally healthy and thriving.
The truck and the team travel the country to raise awareness through events, campaigns, partnerships, and projects.
“There has been a good response to the Road Show while meeting individuals and teams face to face,” O’Brien said.
“There is recognition and more trust of Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds and what we have to offer individuals and businesses.
“Drivers are reporting to us that they are gaining access to more of Healthy Heads resources via their workplaces and on the road.
“More drivers are using the Healthy Heads App, accessing the resources, and using wellbeing strategies such as the breathing exercises.”
Healthy Head in Trucks & Sheds has partnered with Nutrition Australia to educate, raise awareness and encourage longer-term healthy eating habits.
“The industry is in support of our nutrition program and we would like to see this program expand across more locations in Australia,” O’Brien added.
NT infrastructure and logistics minister Eva Lawler will be joining the Road Show on site at Darwin on June 20 from 10:30am to 11am.
“If you, your workmates, your team, or your business are based, operating in, or passing through Wishart, Darwin, drop in at the Healthy Heads Road Show.”
The Healthy Heads team will be providing tips on mental health and wellbeing, industry-specific resources on looking after yourself and your team, together with free coffee and poached eggs on toast.
The road show will be headed to Mount Gambier in South Australia next month. Details to come.