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Service Your Mind

Work and life pressures can impact your mental health

Heavy vehicle operators are valued contributors to WA and are relied on for our essential goods and services. Long work hours and being far away from family and mates can take its toll. 

In Western Australia, approximately 75% of serious road crashes are due to a simple mistake, a momentary lapse in attention or fatigue.1 Mental and physical health is important for overall quality of life and for workplace safety – making sure you arrive safely at the end of each day. 

Good mental health can improve your alertness

While work and life pressures can affect mental health, good mental health can improve alertness on the road. Use our resources to understand what good mental health looks like for you, and recognise the signs of pressure before it builds. 

Examples of pressures may include:

  • Being away from those you are close to
  • Pressure from the industry and regulators
  • Tight deadlines
  • Financial stress
  • Lack of access to amenities and healthy food options
  • Limited time to exercise or relax.

Know the options to support your mental health and know what “good mental health” looks like for you.

Reach out for support 

  • Connect with someone, like family or mates;
  • Speak with a GP or health professional;
  • Access your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if you have one.

For industry leaders, consider and encourage contractors to have access to mental health supports provided to permanent employees, including access to a private and confidential EAP.

Check out the MaPS on Our Roads eDirectory of services below:

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Check out these mental wellbeing apps which you can download from your app store:

Smiling Mind

A free mindfulness app. 

The Resilience Project

A daily wellbeing journal.  

Find out more

The MaPS on our Roads project was funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

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