New Mobile App Supports Better Access To Mental Health Support

A new app has been designed to promote better access to mental health and physical wellbeing support across the logistics sector.

Developed by Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS), Australia’s peak body for mental health and wellbeing in the road transport, warehousing and logistics sector, it recognises that nearly 95% of all road freight operators are small businesses and that everyone can benefit from extra help, particularly when working in stressful and challenging conditions.

With the support of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), HHTS’s app provides easier access to  information and tools that support individual mental health and physical wellbeing.

In the current phase of its development, the app includes:

– A self-check-in quiz to help increase self-awareness

– Access to resources to create greater resilience

– Tools to help better manage day-to-day life plus,

– Access to urgent support services

HHTS CEO Naomi Frauenfelder said, “through focus groups and user testing, with representatives from across the sector, we identified a demand for easy to access, relevant information, particularly relating to starting a conversation and improving diet and physical wellbeing. The app also links to our recently launched National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap, reinforcing the steps that can be taken to address some of the Industry’s key mental health risk factors.”

“We are excited to provide the industry with this tool, but more importantly, to continue to build additional capabilities within the app over the coming months including incorporating a function that allows users to rate facilities such as highway rest stops,” she said.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said, “the app could not have come at a more critical time for the heavy vehicle industry.”

“The Healthy Heads App is another step in the right direction to support the mental health and physical wellbeing of everyone in the industry, particularly as we navigate through the current challenges,” Mr. Petroccitto concluded.

The Healthy Heads App is freely available to download through the Apple App Store (for iPhone) and Google Playstore (for Android).