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Knight comes to the aid of truckie mental health

Knight comes to the aid of truckie mental health

NZ Truck & Driver News

 October 2020   

All Blacks great Sir John Kirwan’s help has been enlisted by National Road Carriers Association to help ease mental stress among truck drivers.

NRC is partnering with Mentemia, co-founded by Sir JK, to make its mental health app available to everyone in the transport industry.

“The industry’s health and wellbeing are important to everyone and should be talked about,” says NRC CEO David Aitken. 

“People in the road freight industry work tirelessly to ensure freight is being delivered on time, and COVID-19 is contributing to an increase in stress and anxiety levels.”

NRC member companies operate 16,000 trucks throughout New Zealand and the association is encouraging them to get as many of their staff as possible to download and use the free app.

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All Blacks great Sir John Kirwan’s help has been enlisted by National Road Carriers Association to help ease mental stress among truck drivers.
NRC is partnering with Mentemia, co-founded by Sir JK, to make its mental health app available to everyone in the transport industry.
“The industry’s health and wellbeing are important to everyone and should be talked about,” says NRC CEO David Aitken. 
“People in the road freight industry work tirelessly to ensure freight is being delivered on time, and COVID-19 is contributing to an increase in stress and anxiety levels.”
NRC member companies operate 16,000 trucks throughout New Zealand and the association is encouraging them to get as many of their staff as possible to download and use the free app.
Sir John says the app is packed with evidence-based ideas and tools to help people learn how to be well and stay well: “It helps users deal with the most common stressors we experience in the modern connected world today – poor sleep, anxiety and stress. 
“These stressors, if left unattended, can significantly impact quality of life at home and work. Mentemia is the fence at the top of the cliff rather than being the ambulance at the bottom.
“With Mentemia, you discover what things can help you feel more energised, more productive, and better equipped for whatever the world throws at you.”
Aitken says NRC had been looking for a mental health tool for members when he heard about Mentemia: “Many of the NRC team have used it and embraced the tools available. We checked it out and we really liked what it had to offer.” 
He said the appalling state of many NZ roads takes a physical and mental toll on truck drivers and, while NRC is campaigning to improve this, meantime driving trucks on those roads “is a major health hazard that makes them ‘unsafe workplaces’ for all drivers that use them. 
“NRC is very concerned about the mental stress drivers are under trying to keep these heavy vehicles on substandard roads.”
Last year truck and trailer rental company TR Group painted a Mack Superliner combination black and emblazoned the message “I am hope” on its bulk bodies – as “an expression of love and support for all of you who have experienced, or are experiencing, mental health struggles, either directly or via someone you love,” says TR Group Auckland general manager Brendan King.  

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