Mental health in trucking needs serious attention
The mental health of truck drivers remains one of my biggest concerns. Ten years ago, I first wrote about what I thought was a monster issue hiding just below the surface of daily trucking life. “Hiding” was the key word there, and it still is. Are we making progress? Yes, but there’s much more to do.
A driver’s long road to mental health
VAUGHAN, Ont. – The tone in Morris Bellus’ voice can only be described a jovial, but it wasn’t always that way. This year marked the third the 19-year veteran of the road participated in the Ride Don’t Hide for the Peel-Dufferin branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). When he registered for his first year on the 100-km bike ride, he’d only been pedaling a stationary bike at the gym for about three months, attempting to jump start a change in his mental health.
Readers share thoughts on mental health
TORONTO, Ont. -- Sunny skies have returned, but there are those who struggle in the darkness. With that in mind, our latest Pulse reader survey asked about the state of your mental health. About 42% of those who responded said their jobs cause them some form of mental distress, and 84% believe the trucking industry has a role to play in addressing mental health in the workplace.
Stress Test: It’s time to address mental health like we accept physical injuries
Stress is a reality in any workplace, and trucking is no exception. Any given day can be met with heavy traffic, the natural push and pull between shippers and dispatchers, and the looming threat of competitors who are more than willing to take freight off your hands.
Living in the Aftermath: Struggling with PTSD after a collision
TORONTO, Ont. -- Normand Lavoie begins his day much like he used to when he was driving. He gets up before 7 a.m., has breakfast, checks in with his supervisor, and then heads to work. The job gives him a chance to use skills he developed years ago -- and helps keep his mind off other things as he serves a three-year prison sentence.