Journal article

A Mobile Phone App to Improve the Mental Health of Taxi Drivers: Single-Arm Feasibility Trial

Sandra Davidson, Susan Fletcher, Greg Wadley, Nicola Reavley, Jane Gunn, Darryl Wade

JMIR mHealth and uHealth | JMIR Publications | Published : 2020


Background: Psychological distress among taxi drivers is 5 times higher than that in the general population, and more than half of all drivers have experienced 3 or more potentially traumatic events in their lifetime. Nevertheless, help-seeking for mental health problems in this male-dominated, predominately immigrant workforce is low. Mobile technologies have the potential to increase mental health awareness, teach self-help skills, and encourage help-seeking in this hard-to-reach population. Objective: This study aimed to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and potential efficacy of Driving to Health, a mobile phone–friendly mental health website app designed for people working as taxi ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the drivers who participated in the Driving to Health project and those who shared their stories. They would also like to thank Michael Carollo and his staff for allowing the of use their cafe to recruit drivers and conduct the usability testing, and to Georgia Halliday and Georgia Nichols from the Victorian Taxi Association for organizing access to the holding yard. The authors appreciate Melbourne Airport Transport Management for allowing access to the holding yard and would also like to acknowledge and thank Ms. Teresa Soderlund who coordinated recruitment and data collection. They would also like to extend their thanks to the Shepherd Foundation that believed in this project and provided funding to make it a reality.