HHTS launches multilingual wellness resources
HEALTHY Heads in Trucks and Sheds has released a suite of new wellness resources in eight different languages.
The charity has translated the material into the most commonly spoken languages (other than English) in the Australian road transport, warehousing and logistics sector.
HHTS offers its resources in Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Filipino, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Sinhalese.
The organization said it has deployed its English as a Second Language (EASeL) resources to make wellness information more accessible to different cultural groups in the industry.
HHTS CEO Naomi Frauenfelder said the stigma surrounding mental health in transportation and logistics is a barrier to seeking help.
“As such, the primary goal of this project is to reduce mental health stigma by improving access to information,” Ms. Frauenfelder said.
“In developing this project, our ambition was to make the information contained in EASeL resources not only more accessible from a linguistic point of view, but also thanks to the simplicity of messaging.
“To achieve this, we have created a set of positive messages, which call out some of the key actions we can take to control our well-being, including exercise, good diet, good quality sleep, cleanliness and safety. ‘potable water.”
HHTS said its resources include informative animations, flyers and a range of posters aimed at giving people the ability to consume information at their own pace.
All information comes from Healthy Heads Workforce Guide, an existing tool designed to help people in the industry take control of their mental health.
Sal Petroccitto, CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, said providing greater access to mental health resources is especially important as the transportation industry prepares for its busiest time of the year.
“I am extremely happy to see a dedicated project that focuses on inclusion and provides more people in the heavy-duty vehicle industry with access to important information to help them maintain positive health and well-being” , said Mr. Petroccitto.
“I encourage everyone in the industry to use the EASeL resources developed by HHTS and to prioritize their mental health and well-being this holiday season.”
HHTS said EASeL resources are freely available to industry on its website, accessible here.