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Mental Health Awareness Month: Supporting Truck Driver Health

posted by TrueNorth Transportation on Monday, May 22, 2023

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – a topic that’s especially important in trucking. By nature of their job, professional truck drivers often find themselves far from home and in stressful situations. The emotional and mental toll on truck drivers results in some staggering statistics. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health surveyed drivers and found the following:

Professional truck drivers are often depicted as tough and independent, which can create a stigma around seeking help. But neglecting to receive help for mental health issues could have tragic results, like suicide or greater risk for crashes. A majority of patients clinically diagnosed with a mental illness also struggle with insomnia, according to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Quality sleep is essential in staying safe on the road. Important resources like national helplines found here are available to provide confidential support.

Access to Healthcare Can Help Drivers Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy 

Fleets can help educate around how important fostering close personal relationships, regular exercise and sleep are to staying mentally well. Another piece in the wellness puzzle? Access to healthcare services. Unfortunately, 16% of truck drivers report not having health insurance, according to Environmental Research and Public Health. 
TrueNorth’s Independent Advantage program is designed exclusively for professional drivers. TrueChoices is an Independent Advantage program that provides personal coverage (including healthcare!) to protect their livelihood and their families. The program offers unique features to meet the needs of professional truck drivers, like: 
Eligibility. Offers guaranteed issue - no medical qualifications necessary
Portability. The plan is portable and can move with an Independent Contractor as 
Telemedicine. 24/7 access to online healthcare professionals, from anywhere on the road. 
Availability. Motor carriers can give their employee drivers access to TrueChoices benefits and Independent Contractors can sign up directly for TrueChoices benefits. 
Ease. Settlement deduct options available. 
Learn more about TrueChoices here or get connected to a member of our TrueChoices team by calling 833-243-8647.  

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