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Overworked van drivers facing mental health issues

Van drivers in the UK are overworked and stressed, with research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles showing that half of those questioned have experienced mental health issues in the last year.

A significant rise in those suffering in the last year — up from a third to half — is attributed to overworking and drivers struggling to maintain a work-life balance. Side effects include sleep problems, stress headaches and panic attacks.

While the average UK worker puts in more work hours than expected a third of the time, van drivers exceed their regular hours around half the time. The longer hours are causing 1 in 5 van drivers to feel overwhelmed by work on a daily basis, with 94% saying they had felt overwhelmed at least once in the past year.

Positively, three-quarters of those who suffered issues had sought professional support to help them cope.

Volkswagen #DownTools

Volkswagen is urging van drivers across the country to take time out and practice well-being — perhaps take up a new hobby, exercise, talk to friends or simply get outside.

Last year, Volkswagen launched its #DownTools campaign to raise awareness of the risks of burnout. As part of its continued partnership with Mental Health UK, Volkswagen is supporting its customers to ‘shut up shop, put down the hammer, and close the laptop’ at the end of the working day.

Kate Thompson, head of marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles:

“Mental health in the workplace is an incredibly important topic, and one we’re proud to continue exploring, with the aim of normalising discussions and promoting best practice.
“Our research over the years has really cast a light on the prevalence of mental health issues within the workplace and particularly with men and small business owners, and the difficulties of establishing an effective balance. So we hope that by raising awareness, we will encourage people to prioritise their wellbeing and provide the resources to regain a productive work-life balance."

To find out more information, head over to Mental Health UK to access info and resources.

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