Van Drivers Open Up About Poor Mental Health

Businesses would perhaps be wise to ensure their members of staff are all happy in their jobs and to offer help if some is required, given new research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK revealing that nearly one in five van drivers would describe their current mental health as either poor or very poor.

The study found that three-quarters of those asked admitted that work is a contributing factor in how they’re feeling at the moment, with increased workload and time pressures both factors affecting mental health. Road congestion and job uncertainty were also cited as being particularly pressing issues.

“With a continued surge in online shopping, an increasing reliance on same-day deliveries and spiralling traffic volumes across the UK, the real-world pressures on van drivers are changing,” managing director of the company Steve Bridge said.

Spokesman for the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) James Harris made further comments, saying that these figures suggest that van drivers have an elevated rate of poor mental health when compared to the national average. Men are also less likely to ask for help, so a culture must be created where anyone having difficulties can reach out knowing that they’ll receive the support required.

The study was published during Mental Health Awareness Week. Research from the MHF recently revealed that just 13 per cent of people report experiencing high levels of good mental health, with more than four in ten saying they’ve experienced depression and over a quarter reporting that they’ve had panic attacks in the past. Those over the age of 55 were found to have better mental health than average.

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