The GPT Group (‘GPT’) is pleased to unveil its partnership with Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS), to support and address industry-specific challenges related to mental health and wellbeing across the Australian road transport, warehousing and logistics industries.
In a sector where workplace isolation, pressure to meet delivery schedules and the need for continual alertness while operating heavy machinery are everyday occurrences, employees in the transport, postal and warehousing industries are vulnerable to mental health issues. Research finds nearly one in two1 workers experience a mental health condition, and more than one-third1 of those workers said it was caused or made worse by their workplace. The impact of mental health and poor individual wellbeing cannot be underestimated, as it not only has a significant impact at the individual level, but also for family, colleagues and the broader company.
In partnering with not-for-profit HHTS, GPT will support key strategic initiatives the organisation aims to address, which include awareness, support and advocacy with the goal of building mental health literacy and reducing stigma, enabling easier access to support, and advocating for and recommending action.
GPT’s Head of Logistics, Chris Davis, said: “GPT is proud to be partnering with Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds to promote this crucial campaign across our industry. Safety is central to everything we do at GPT, and we do all in our power to ensure people return home from their work happy and healthy each day. We are very pleased to be aligning with this initiative to promote improved mental health outcomes and unite to tackle this significant challenge across our industry.”
Kickstarting the partnership, GPT was proud to host the Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Road Show at its warehouse at 133 Foundation Road, Truganina in Victoria. The face-to-face morning tea initiative is aimed at reaching those who work at the coalface of the industry, including truck drivers, warehouse and distribution staff. The event featured speakers from HHTS, and delivered multi-purpose resources to connect, educate, support and promote mental health and wellbeing.
HHTS CEO, Naomi Frauenfelder, said: ‘We are thrilled to have GPT onboard with Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds as a Premier Corporate Partner. The challenges we are addressing touch all parts of the industry, and so it takes an all-of-industry approach to have an impact on them. GPT brings with it a network of tenants that we can now work with to raise awareness of our free resources for industry.’’
Established in August 2020, HHTS is the peak body for mental health and wellbeing in the supply-chain sector. The not-for-profit is responsible for the coordination and implementation of a three-year National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap, and works to build psychologically safe and thriving working environments right across the sector.
HHTS exists with the support of founding members, government and corporate partners who work closely with the organisation to improve mental health and wellbeing across the industry. Many of these include existing customers in GPT’s Logistics portfolio, and a number of industry peers.
1SuperFriend Transport, Postal and Warehousing Profile Report, July 2020
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