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

Cogan, Nicola and McGibbon, Megan and Gardiner, Amy and Morton, Liza (2022) Understanding the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on railway workers : risks and protective factors. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ISSN 1536-5948 (https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000002711)

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Abstract

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. 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. 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. Building a resilient railway workforce requires attention to staff mental wellbeing and to ensuring that support systems are robust and accessible. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2022 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.]

ORCID iDs

Cogan, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0861-5133, McGibbon, Megan, Gardiner, Amy and Morton, Liza;