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

RSSB: A better, safer railwayBelow, 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:

Resources in this toolkit:


​Wellbeing champion toolbox

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A wellbeing champion is somebody who acts as a listening ear for colleagues, outside of the line management structure. This guide contains everything rail organisations need to set up a champion programme.

With paid subscription RSSB membership required