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New mental health campaign launches for truckies

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Injury Matters, a WA-based not-for-profit that works to prevent and reduce the impact of injury and support those affected, is releasing the third phase of its campaign to help the mental and physical health of truckies.

The latest stage of the Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Roads project is titled Service Your Mind, and encourages WA drivers to access a range of support services, including informal, social conversations with family and mates, checking out the MaPS on our Roads eDirectory, resources, and seeking professional advice.

Program resources and information will be available from August 16 at injurymatters.org.au/mapsonourroads.

Previous campaigns have focused on the importance of nutrition, the impacts of medication, and mental health recovery after a road crash.

“Heavy vehicle operators are valued contributors to WA and are relied on for our essential goods and services. However, long work hours and being far away from family and mates can take its toll,” said Injury Matters in a media statement.

“Work and life pressures don’t always allow the right balance of mental and physical health but is vital for workplace safety and for overall quality of life.

“In Western Australia, approximately 75% of serious road crashes are due to a simple mistake, a momentary lapse in attention or fatigue.”

The MaPS on our Roads project is paid for by the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, a taxpayer-funded initiative administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

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