Exclusive research commissioned by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 has explored for the first time the issue of mental health within an often overlooked yet vital business community - the nation’s van drivers, delivery professionals and van operators - who help to keep business moving.
The research, conducted amongst 2,000 van owners and operators, highlighted that almost one in five van drivers describes their current mental health as poor or very poor, with three-quarters commenting that work is a contributory factor.
More than half of the van drivers with poor mental health said that increased time pressures (52%) and increased workload (50%) are factors affecting their mental health, with one in three believing that job uncertainty is contributing to their poor mental health and 17% of delivery drivers adding that road congestion is impacting on their state of mind.
Despite this, only one in three van drivers who believes their mental health to be suffering have spoken to their manager about their concerns, with more than one in 10 (12%) who haven’t spoken to anyone about their mental health at all.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, commented: “With a continued surge in online shopping, an increasing reliance on same-day deliveries and spiralling traffic volumes across the UK, the real-world pressures on van drivers are changing.