J&R Schugel Seats Mental Health Awareness Truck
Posted: August 13, 2021 • By:
Tony Helget & David Rosencrance
J&R Schugel has partnered with Fuel Graphics co. for the third year in a row to design a custom wrap highlighting and raising awareness on social issues. We debuted the new truck a couple of months ago, choosing Mental Health as the issue of the year. We asked drivers to submit a small note, along with their desire to be seated in the new truck, detailing their experiences with Mental Health Issues. The response was overwhelming, heartbreaking, but also hopeful. J&R Schugel’s executive and marketing teams would like to thank all the drivers who submitted such heartfelt and powerful testimonials.
It is our pleasure to announce Shawn McDermott as the driver chosen to seat the Mental Health Awareness Truck. Sean has been with J&R Schugel for ~4 years. You can hear more of his story in the video above.
As of 2019, John Hopkins' University researchers estimate that as many as 26% of Americans will suffer from some sort of mental illness in their lifetime. Note that this was before the COVID-19 Pandemic, and many who were not used to isolation and lack of socialization are struggling even more today. For us in the Trucking Industry the statistics are even more staggering. Numerous articles have been written on the subject, as OTR and Long Haul Truckers are subject to some very harsh conditions, long periods of isolation and loneliness, and have very limited access to resources to help. John Hopkins' Magazine wrote an article on the subject in Fall of 2019.
J&R Schugel stands with our drivers and the drivers across the country in our commitment to ending the stigma around seeking help for Mental Health issues. If you're feeling isolated and alone, finding someone to simply talk to can be helpful. Some resources in combating mental health issues include; the National Suicided Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 as well as SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 1-800-662-HELP (4357).