One in five van owners and operators have described their mental health as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.
Driving Affects Mental Health
A study of 2,000 people by Mercedes-Benz Vans for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 has found a fifth of all van drivers suffer with mental health issues and three quarters of these respondents said work was a contributing factor.
The research has revealed that half (52%) of those polled believed increased time and increased workload (50%), alongside job uncertainty, were putting them under stress. Furthermore, 17% of delivery drivers said traffic was having a negative influence.
A third of sufferers haven’t spoken to their employer about their concerns and one in ten haven’t told anyone at all.
A spokesperson for the Mercedes-Benz Vans’ research said:
‘Compared to the national average, these figures indicate that van drivers are experiencing an increased rate of poor mental health.’
‘In part, this may be explained by the pressures of the job, and the fact that van drivers can often be isolated.
‘This is important because we know that men are less likely to reach out for help.’
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