Mental health in the rail industry
The rail industry – from train and freight operators, to infrastructure managers and contractors, to rolling stock suppliers and leasing companies – together form a fundamental part of UK life. Society depends upon the people who work there, but they face some unique risk factors: long hours, shift working, risk of exposure to traumatic incidents, and workplace violence.
So, we asked the Rail Safety and Standards Board to share their recommendations on what helps. Their key message is clear: in rail, mental health and safety walk hand in hand. Workers must be supported in their wellbeing, allowing them to thrive at work.
Here’s what helps
Below, you’ll find the resources and advice they’ve chosen to get you started. Many are RSSB’s own publications, available when you register for their website – and if you work in rail and haven’t already done that, you should. There are plenty of ideas from other people too – and, put together, they’ll help you to make a start on the top four things RSSB recommend:
- Support the creation of a wellbeing champion programme for your company. The below can show you how.
- Promote awareness and understanding of mental wellbeing by training line managers and human resources professionals.
- Help tackle stigma in the industry by registering your company for the and campaigns.
- Take part in the Million Hour Challenge to help support people struggling with mental health difficulties.
Resources in this toolkit:
An independent review into how employers can better support all employees' mental health, including recommended core standards.
Spreading positive messages at work might be a small gesture, but it will help your colleagues feel more confident talking about mental health in the workplace. Download and print this poster to encourage colleagues to be open.
Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing, and acting on, a risk assessment. This is an easy-to-use template you can use, along with examples from three small to medium-sized businesses.
Managing work when you are struggling with mental health difficulties can be hard. This guide covers what reasonable adjustments are, and how they impact the rail industry.
Mental health awareness training can empower managers to approach wellbeing more effectively. This resource aims to help those in the rail industry to understand mental health training and guide them to further support.