A new campaign, Driving Better Mental Health, has been launched by How’s My Driving? and the National Recruitment Line to support and improve the mental health of commercial vehicle drivers by tracking the issues of loneliness and social isolation.
The need for awareness of both physical and mental health of commercial vehicle drivers is something that the industry has long been talked about. Isolation, lack of exercise and being away from home and loved ones for long periods of time has a known detrimental effect on drivers.
“Research shows that maintaining good mental health is an important subject for us all,” David Footitt, a special ambassador for How’s My Driving? said. “With the needs of the job, commercial vehicle drivers tend to be isolated for long periods of time and can lack the benefits of regular social interaction. Mental health can quickly suffer.”
Studies have been conducted, but to date little has actually be done to tackle the problem and support better mental health. This new campaign aims to change this, by offering drivers the opportunity to connect with others in their community over a short game of chess.
5asideCHESS is a Social Enterprise designed to reconnect people in a disconnected world through a short form game of chess, which can be used by experienced players and novices alike to connect and engage.
The 5asideCHESS team are part-way through a year-long UK tour using the Battling Suicide Bus. They are promoting chess as a simple and effective way to get people back into the ‘Art of Conversation.’
“Drivers can quickly strike up a game of chess wherever they take their stops and use the game as an opportunity to chat, re-ignite friendships and find new ones,” David Footitt added. “Drive Better Mental Health aims to introduce and promote the 5asideCHESS concept to the logistics industry and get people playing, talking and connecting.”