April 19 2022

OzHelp announces 24/7 phone support for building and construction and transport and logistics workers

The OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) has today announced a partnership with the Trauma Centre Australia which will see it provide 24/7 phone support to workers and their families in the building and construction and transport and logistics industries.

The partnership will see Trauma Centre Australia provide after hours phone support to OzHelp’s customers, creating a crucial 24/7 service for those who need it most. This includes OzHelp’s 1300 number (1300 694 357), a dedicated support line for building and construction workers and their families, and its 1800 Health in Gear phone line (1800 464 327), created to support transport and logistics workers and their families.

The partnership will also see the Trauma Centre Australia assist OzHelp’s customers with critical incident response in the workplace nationally, to ensure that critical incident support measures are in place.

OzHelp’s Clinical Director, Emily Brown commented, “For workers in these high risk, hard to reach industries, often the early hours of the morning can be most critical. As a leading suicide prevention organisation, it is important that we can offer tailored support options with trained professionals who understand the unique challenges these workers and their families are facing at any time.”

“The Trauma Centre Australia have responded fantastically to meeting our needs and we are thrilled to be partnering with them.”

Building and construction and road transport and logistics are some of the largest male dominated industries, with men making up 87.3% and 97%, respectively. Research shows that men working in these occupations are known to have higher rates of suicide, and lower rates of help seeking. Therefore, highlighting the need to have tailored support available at all hours of the day.

Peter Horton, Senior Psychologist and CEO of Trauma Centre Australia has extensive experience in Trauma and Critical Incident events with a specific understanding of the challenges facing workers in construction, road transport, and logistics.

“I believe in being responsive to those in need and acting with integrity, confidentiality, and respect. OzHelp’s initiative is crucial to addressing the significant gap in a vital area of the Australian workforce.” Mr. Horton commented.

Building and construction workers and their families can access free counselling and 24/7 phone support by calling 1300 694 357.

Transport and logistics workers and their families can access mental health and wellbeing resources and support through OzHelp’s Health in Gear program. The program includes access to free counselling and 24/7 phone support by calling 1800 464 327. For more information about Health in Gear’s support services, roadside health checks, self-help resources, and ‘Share The Load’ podcast, head to www.healthingear.com.au

OzHelp is a leading provider of workplace wellbeing programs specialising in mental health and suicide prevention. Accredited under the National Standards for Mental Health Services, OzHelp has been selected by the Federal Department of Health to deliver the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Strategy.

Health in Gear’s 24/7 phone support is funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.