Today, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) launched industry-tailored wellbeing resources that have been translated into eight of the most commonly spoken languages other than English in the Australian road transport, warehousing, and logistics sector.
The rollout of English as Second Language (EASeL) resources is about making information on looking after our wellbeing more accessible and more easily understood for different cultural groups working across the industry.
HHTS Chief Executive Officer, Naomi Frauenfelder, said: “We know that stigma around mental health in this sector is a key risk factor and barrier for help-seeking. As such, the key objective of this project is to drive a reduction in mental health stigma through improving access to information.
“In developing this project, our ambition was the ensure that the information within the EASeL resources was not only more accessible from a language perspective, but, also through the simplicity of messaging.
“To achieve this, we created a set of positive messages, that call out some of the key actions we can take to keep our wellbeing in check, including exercise, eating well, getting good quality sleep, cleanliness and drinking water,” Ms Frauenfelder said.
EASeL has been made freely available to the industry via the HHTS website, and includes an informative animation, and supporting resources including flyers and range posters that are specifically aimed at providing an opportunity for people to consume the information in their own time.
The information embedded across all EASeL resources derives from the Healthy Heads Workforce Handbooks, an existing tool created by HHTS for people working in the sector to maintain and check in on their mental health.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Chief Executive Officer, Sal Petroccitto, said: Providing greater access to mental health resources was particularly important as the transport industry prepares to enter the busiest time of the year.
“I am extremely pleased to see a dedicated project that focuses on inclusion and provides more people in the heavy vehicle industry with access to important information to help them maintain positive health and wellbeing.
“I encourage everyone in the sector to use the EASeL resources developed by HHTS and prioritise their mental health and wellbeing this holiday season,” Mr. Petroccitto said.
To access EASeL resources, visit: https://www.healthyheads.org.au/multilingual/
This project was proudly funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, in Partnership with the Federal Government.
EASeL Resources are currently available in the following languages:
For further information contact: Sally Glover, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, National Manager Marketing & Campaigns, [email protected]