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Free mental health training offered to transport industry

Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds is offering free mental health training courses to industry participants throughout 2024, mainly targeting small to medium businesses and those based in regional areas.  

The courses have been tailored to workers in Transport and Logistics and are delivered by organisations including Lifeline Australia, Black Dog Institute, Steering Healthy Minds, Mental Health First Aid Australia and AP Psychology and Consulting Services. 

There are seven different courses to choose from, with opportunities both online and face-to-face, ranging in commitment from 90 minutes to a two-day course.  

Topics include psychosocial hazards, how to design healthier workplaces, how to support each other, how to have conversations around mental health, how to assist team members to stay at work or return to work after an illness, and the importance of self-care. 

Melissa Weller, director of industry relations and program management at Healthy Heads, said the training increases understanding and lowers stigma around mental health in the workplace.  

“The industry is facing unprecedented driver shortages and a rise in psychological injury claims, which evidences the need for greater industry focus on psychological health and safety,” she said.  

“Training has a substantial role to play in increasing industry capacity and driving improvements in workplace culture and in doing so can influence a more positive industry image, leading to increased attraction and retention in the longer term. 

“Training today can certainly help our tomorrow.” 

To find out more about the course list, dates, locations and how to register your interest, go to Mental Health Training – Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds or contact info@healthyheads.org.au. 

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