Face It Together
You may be alone behind the wheel, but when it comes to your mental health, you don’t have to face it alone.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, truck drivers are in one of the highest-risk occupations for suicide, ranking in the top ten. That risk increases with age.
Older drivers between the ages of 45 and 64 have the highest rate, and those over 65 are not far behind.
Mental health challenges are likely made worse by long, lonely hours on the road.
If you’re feeling isolated, make sure you’re taking steps to keep yourself connected with your friends and family. FaceTime may not beat actual face time, but it can help combat the loneliness.
If you are experiencing a mental health challenge that’s affecting your ability to work, you can get the support you need.
• For emergencies, always call 911 and then contact your family doctor.
• Contact your CLAC representative, who is a labour relations professional trained in mental health first aid.
• Get immediate, free, and confidential help through your workplace employee and family assistance program.
• Get connected with a Canadian Mental Health Association facility by visiting cmha.ca.
• Find resources, crisis hotlines, support groups, and mental health facilities in your area at ementalhealth.ca.