Paper Transport is now offering an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work-Life Services as an expanded benefit to all employees and their families. With over 900 truck drivers and growing, it is our commitment to keeping our company a great place to work by helping our employees achieve their full potential – both personally and professionally.
Importance of Mental Health in Truck Drivers
Today, there are over 3 million truck drivers in the United States. Workers in this growing occupation are at risk for a range of occupational health-induced conditions. Unfortunately, mental health is often put on the back burner. This is due to truck drivers spending large amounts of time alone, working long hours in isolated conditions. In a study published by the US National Library of Medicine
, a random sample of 316 male truck drivers between the ages of 23 and 76 were given surveys at a large truck stop located within a 100-mile mile radius of Greensboro, North Carolina. A survey done on truck drivers and found significant issues affecting their mental health. To conclude, these issues were loneliness (27.9%), depression (26.9%), chronic sleep disturbance (20.6%), anxiety (14.5%), and other emotional problems (13%).
Many truck drivers suffer from mental health issues. However, most are reluctant to seek the help they need because they fear the risk of losing their medical certification. Therefore, staying on top of your mental health and taking the necessary precautions can reduce the many stressors that come with the occupation and enhance over-all mental health. One way to to stay ahead is by taking advantage of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).
How Employee Assistance Programs and Work-Life Services Can Help
Everyone needs help at some point in their lives and there is no shame in reaching out for assistance. As an added benefit the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) also offers work-life and legal-financial resources. Below you can find a list of services offered by the EAP:
- Workplace personality conflicts
- Drug addiction
- Mental health issues
- Health and care-giving issues
- Legal and family advice
- Financial counseling
- Grief assistance
All services provided by the EAP are confidential. Take control of your mental health today by visiting the EAP Knowledge Library found in Workplace.
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