How the Industry is Improving the Mental Health of Drivers

A recent survey revealed that nearly one-half of logistics companies worldwide have seen a rise in mental health issues since Brexit. This statistic is concerning, so industry leaders and mental health experts have provided tips for improving drivers’ mental health.


Work Stress

The mental health charity known as “Mind” conducted research that showed that 30% of self-reported work-related illness in the industry is due to stress, depression, and anxiety. Other problems reported were long shifts, social isolation, and anxiety revolving around working through cold, dark nights and early mornings. Female drivers reported problems related to working in a male-dominated field. Because of this, the government has created measures to help ease the pressure on drivers. The availability of more HGV driving tests and pay increases are a way to lighten the load. However, more mental health support from employers is vital.

What can companies do to support the mental health of drivers?

Mental health issues are not always easy to spot in the workplace. Therefore, haulage companies will need to be mindful of the hidden symptoms that may be hard to notice. There are several things companies can do to promote well-being and mental health in the workplace.

  • Encourage Activity: Long periods of driving can create stress in the body. Even small intervals of exercise can make a huge difference to the brain. Encourage employees to take walks on breaks or even encourage group stretching.
  • Encourage sleep: Drivers report not getting a full 8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep can make a huge difference in mental health. Be sure you’re checking in with employees and encouraging healthy sleep habits.
  • Keep communication lines open: Drivers who feel safe going to their employees with problems and concerns are less likely to report mental health problems. Be sure to encourage open communication and support to drivers who may be struggling.


Mental health should be a priority across the entire logistics sector. Let’s work together to make this happen!