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.
|Journal||Journal of occupational and environmental medicine|
|Early online date||15 Sep 2022|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 15 Sep 2022|
- mental health
- COVID 19
- railway workers