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Need for truckies support group

SEVERAL drivers have called for the establishment of a "Truckies Support Group" for those suffering any mental health issues.

These issues can be depression, anxiety, a relationship break-up, being lonely or anything that affects our men and women drivers.

A young Tasmanian driver said that groups such as beyondblue or Lifeline are good.

"But I feel that we need a group especially for truckies which we can ring if have a problem and talk to somebody who knows about the road transport industry," he said.

A veteran Northern Territory driver from Darwin said that such a group would be welcomed by truckies.

"With truckies all having mobile phones they could ring up and seek support," he said.

Spy recalls a recent incident when a truckie who had pulled up at a rest area beside the Bruce Highway was in an aggravated mood.

He picked up a piece of wood and was hitting the ground with it, leaving some other rest area users fearful.

After a few minutes he calmed down and told Spy of his relationship break-up which had left him devastated.

This lad phoned beyondblue as I was leaving.

I reckon that such a support group for truckies would be a top idea.
 

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