09 December 2015

Tips for Truckers: Festive Wellbeing on the Road

Pitstop Lisa HatherellAWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) has teamed up with Chippenham Pitstop to offer mental wellbeing tips to long distance drivers in the run up to the festive period.  

Lisa Hatherell of the Pitstop said, "Around 300 drivers use the Pitstop each day and we encourage them to look after their health and wellbeing. We highlight a different health theme each month and the run-up to Christmas seemed like a good time to highlight the importance of mental health. We contacted AWP for their advice."  

Lindsay George of the Wiltshire IAPT service, said, "Christmas and New Year can be incredibly stressful in many and varied ways: the pressure to achieve festive perfection, financial pressures, family stresses or loneliness. But for long distance drivers all these worries can be compounded by spending long periods of time away from home and feeling detached from family preparations - or even the celebrations themselves. When Lisa contacted us we were delighted to provide some tips for the Pitstop's customers."  

The tips are available to drivers at the Pitstop, which is just off junction 17 of the M4, and on the AWP's Don't Ignore Your Mental Health webpage.  

The Pitstop, which was refurbished earlier this year, provides a range of services for local people as well as long distance drivers including a café, meeting room and the Draycot Store which stocks a range of local produce.   

The Wiltshire IAPT service is a self-referral service for everyone living in Wiltshire. Local residents can benefit from groups courses to improve and maintain good mental wellbeing in areas including stress, anxiety and depression. The service offers a range of other guided self-help and a small amount of 1:1 counselling.

To find out more or join a course call 01380 731335 (Kennet and North Wiltshire) or 01722 820267 (South Wiltshire) or visit http://iapt-wilts.awp.nhs.uk

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