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Healthy Heads releases mental health tool

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There has been a new safety initiative developed as a part of HVSI funding.

Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds has announced the release of a new mental health tool to help drivers and businesses.

The ‘Seven Stories. Seven Strategies Healthy Heads Roadmap Planner’ aims to help businesses start their workplace wellness plans, to look after all workers’ mental health and safety.

The Roadmap Planner was developed by Healthy Heads through Round 6 of funding of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), with the help of the federal government.

Healthy Heads CEO Naomi Frauenfelder stresses the importance of managing psychological health and safety in the transport industry.

“To assist businesses, we have created a tool that explains mental health and psychosocial hazards through real-to-life stories,” she says.

“We have tried to make things as easy as possible for businesses in responding to the Model Code of Practice and the Planner offers ready-made policies, tip sheets, resource lists, training recommendations and information links, along with three example plans ready for implementation.

“Importantly, the development of the Planner was informed by more than 13 participating businesses.

“I encourage everyone in the sector to take a look at the Planner and reach out to Healthy Heads for additional information and support.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomes the use of the HVSI funding by Healthy Heads.

“Funded through our HVSI program, this initiative assists organisations in understanding where they are currently placed with regard to managing psychological health and safety,” he says.

“I’m pleased to see Healthy Heads driving this safety initiative, providing an innovative solution to a key issue in the transport and logistics sector and ultimately helping reduce road trauma and save lives.”

The Planner was developed in partnership with AP Psychology & Consulting Services, who specialise in helping businesses develop mental health and safety guidelines.

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