The important role that truckstops play in keeping truckies safe is well known, offering a vital place to refuel the vehicle, rest the body and eyes, get a decent meal and revive before getting back on the road. BP has partnered with Health Heads in Trucks & Sheds to expand this vital role of truckstops to also serve as mental health hubs for truckies.
BP has partnered, as a foundational sponsor, with new mental health foundation; Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS). The three year agreement will see HHTS delivering programmes and resources aimed at improving the mental health of all those in the road transport industry.
HHTS Foundation is an industry umbrella body specifically created to improve mental health and wellbeing across the road transport, warehousing and logistics sector and created the sector’s first national mental health strategy – the three-year National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap.
HHTS partners with representatives from across industry to identify concerns, develop roadmaps to address concerns and importantly work to deliver the actual tools and resources needed to build healthier and thriving workplaces.
In talking about the partnership, Frédéric Baudry, president, bp Australia and SVP fuels & low carbon solutions, Asia Pacific, outlined the pride BP has in leveraging the nations largest truck stop network to improve the outcomes for road transport workers.
“Transport workers play an essential role in our operations and are vital to Australia’s supply chains, and we’re incredibly proud to be supporting the mental health and physical wellbeing of these hard-working individuals at our truck stops and travel centres” explains Mr Baudry.
This local initiative will see the delivery of on-site programmes from HHTS at the more than 500 BP truck stops. The HHTS partnership in Australia is part of a worldwide push within BP to deliver projects that support and enhance wellbeing.
“bp’s global sustainability frame includes an aim to enhance the wellbeing of employees, contractors and local communities. We believe innovative programmes and partnerships such as this are extremely important in ensuring Australia’s valued truck drivers, many of whom are also our customers and logistics partners, can access critical health support and services while on the road so they can continue to keep our nation moving” added Mr Baudry.
The partnership is hoped to deliver practical access to support and resources where the transport workers are.
In talking about the partnership, Naomi Frauenfelder, HHTS CEO, said: “We are extremely delighted to welcome bp on board as a Foundational Sponsor. Their contribution to the Foundation allows us to accelerate key projects and provides us with the opportunity to reach drivers while they’re out on the road, providing access to tools and support.”
To learn more about BP see; https://www.bp.com/en_au/australia/home/who-we-are.html
To learn more about Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds see; https://www.healthyheads.org.au/
Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)