Tackling driver mental health problems is a growing area of risk management for fleets, which has prompted leasing and fleet management company Arval to support Van Excellence’s CALM initiative. With more attention given to openly talking about mental health issues, it is inevitable that the subject is finding its way into more progressive fleet risk management policies, said Simon Cook, LCV Leader. He explained: “Fleet drivers, especially van drivers, can find themselves in high pressure situations where they are working on their own all day. It is, in many ways, almost an incubator scenario for creating or exacerbating mental health problems.
Simon said that there are several options available to fleets to support the mental health of their drivers, especially those spending a lot of time on the road. That’s why Arval has become one of the sponsors of a new campaign being lead by Van Excellence and CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, to raise awareness of mental health issues among drivers and also promote the resources available. Primarily, support packs are being made available to our customers that provide help and advice about driver mental health issues and can be included in the vehicles on delivery.
Simon said: “We are very pleased to be involved in this campaign. It is, in our opinion, a very timely development, and we will be helping to distribute the packs to fleets and their drivers.”