Understanding the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on railway workers: risks and protective factors

Nicola Cogan*, Megan McGibbon, Amy Gardiner, Liza Morton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Railway workers have provided an essential service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This study explored the effects of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of railway workers (n = 906) in the UK during the third lockdown period.

METHOD: The online survey included measures of COVID-19 related risk factors (perceived risk, stress, burnout, trauma) and protective factors (resilience coping, team resilience, general help-seeking) associated with mental wellbeing. Responses were analysed using multiple regression and content analysis.

RESULTS: COVID-19 related risk factors negatively predicted wellbeing. Higher scores on adaptive resilience, intentions to seek help and team resilience significantly predicted higher mental wellbeing scores. Mental health decline throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns for the future were reported.

CONCLUSION: Building a resilient railway workforce requires attention to staff mental wellbeing and to ensuring that support systems are robust and accessible.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Early online date15 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • mental health
  • wellbeing
  • COVID 19
  • railway workers
  • help-seeking
  • support
  • adaptation
  • resilience

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