Linfox backs depression initiative

Linfox will raise awareness of depression as part of initiative to encourage truck drivers to seek help

October 2, 2009

Transport and logistics heavyweight Linfox will spend this month raising awareness of depression and anxiety as part of an initiative to encourage truck drivers to seek help.

Linfox will hold fundraising days, distribute a package of fact sheets on depression and anxiety and promote the issue with its drivers throughout October in support of the Australian Trucking Association's campaign urging trucking operators to pay more attention to depression.

The ATA this week launched the package of information and resources as part of its involvement with BeyondBlue's Anxiety and Depression Awareness (ADA) month.

As well as outlining the causes and symptoms of anxiety and depression, the information package also has ideas on how businesses can promote awareness on the issue and details on where help can be found for sufferers.

ATA Chief Executive Stuart St Clairused the launch call for more truck drivers to seek help if they are suffering depression.

"Depression is much more serious than feeling sad every now and then or having a bad day on the road. If you aren’t travelling too well, don’t be embarrassed to have a chat to your doctor," St Clair says.

"It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. If you need assistance talk to your doctor or contact the BeyondBlue info line on 1300 22 4636."

St Clair says drivers and their family members can also call Trans-Help Foundation on 1300 787 996.

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