Wednesday 24 January 2018
Transhelp Foundation hands the baton to OzHelp to provide life-saving programs to the transport industry
OzHelp, one of Australia leading mental health and suicide prevention organisations are extending their programs to the transport industry to equip drivers and other personnel with vital mental health support and practical skills to improve the wellbeing of people who work in this important industry.
“For fifteen years OzHelp has had a strong presence in the construction and mining industries, and over time we have seen increased demand for accessible evidence-based mental health services and suicide prevention education programs in many Australian workplaces,” said Tony Holland, CEO of OzHelp.
“After seeing what OzHelp have provided to other industries, Trans-Help has decided to close their doors and make way for OzHelp to provide their services to the transport industry, taking it to a new level,” said Di Carroll OAM, founder of Transhelp.
OzHelp will now be expanding the delivery of life-saving mental and physical health programs to continue to improve the lives of professional drivers.
Evidence that transport personnel need better mental health support was revealed in an analysis by the Coroners Court of Victoria which showed that truck drivers had the highest number of suicides of any profession, with 53 drivers taking their own lives between 2008 to 2014.
OzHelp believes that equipping people with practical ways to manage challenging life circumstances and understanding their physical and mental health can have significant positive impacts on personal wellbeing and reduce the incidence of suicide.
“We hope that by increasing physical and mental health literacy and encouraging help-seeking behaviours, we are giving employees the resilience to access support for themselves and their colleagues,” said Mr Holland.
OzHelp is addressing the isolated nature of the transport industry with accessible programs such as their Workplace Tune-Up (WTU) initiative. This is an innovative online physical and mental health screening tool that generates personalised recommendations from support channels including registered nurses and wellbeing coaches.
This program is designed to help employees, while providing employers with a confidential snapshot of the overall health of their workforce to accurately inform, identify and evaluate wellbeing strategies.
Dianne Carroll OAM, says they are excited by the enhancements OzHelp will bring to the industry. “The services and programs they can provide to all of our drivers and their families will continue to improve the mental and physical health of the industry and have the capacity to save more lives.”
“One of the fundamental aspects around our approach is to ensure we do not duplicate services other organisations are providing. This new direction combines 28 years of experience and skill which will enable us to enhance the impact of services, and tailor them to more Australian industries where mental health support is desperately needed,” said Mr Holland.
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About OzHelp Foundation
OzHelp is a leading provider of evidence-based suicide prevention, physical and mental health workplace training and support services across Australia. OzHelp’s programs overcome low help seeking behaviours within workforces, and where workforce engagement around mental health is most challenging. OzHelp delivers services to more than 30,000 people in targeted workplaces every year.
About Trans-Help Foundation
Trans-Help have contributed to the safety and wellbeing of the Transport Industry for the past 13 years. Trans-Help provided health and wellbeing and support programs to transport personnel and their families. Trans-Help address underlying issues and side effects of the industry through education and advocating. Transhelp is passing the baton to OzHelp with effect 31 January 2018.