CALL IN: The program is there for those who need it.
CALL IN: The program is there for those who need it. Nicola Brander

Share the load with 1300 DRIVER hotline

AS SHOCKING as it is, one in five Australians are likely to experience a mental health condition at any one time.

Even more shockingly, professional truck drivers have a 7% higher chance ofdeveloping depression than other Australians, according to Australian Rotary Health.

That's where the team at 1300 DRIVER comes into play.

The anonymous, confidential hotline is focused on improving the health, strength and stamina of Aussie drivers by offering a listening ear.

The free hotline offers help, ideas or advice on how to cope with issues related to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, diet or other problems, or if you just want to have a friendly chat with someone who understands the rigours of the road.

The line is open, offering a place for drivers to share the load.

The service is focused on improving the health and strength of truck drivers in a bid to rid them of the stress, anxiety and long hours that come with life on the road.

They understand it's easy to develop unhealthy behaviours when you're constantly in the cab, including the overuse of alcohol and other substances, bad eating, poor sleep patterns and no physical activity.

1300 DRIVER provides education, information, one-off and ongoing support and referrals for truck drivers and their families with personal, behavioural, health and lifestyle issuesrelated to alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other problems.

The hotline is staffed by experienced health professionals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all calls are anonymous and never recorded.

1300 DRIVER is an initiative of the Alcohol and Drug Information Service, funded by the Australian Government.

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