Mental health is of particular relevance to the rail sector.
RAIL industry harm prevention charity TrackSAFE says businesses need to take steps to ensure the mental health of staff.
The TrackSAFE Foundation is the rail industry’s harm prevention charity which strives to reduce suicide, trespass, and level crossing incidents on the rail network while improving wellbeing and trauma support for rail employees.
“Every workplace should promote the mental health of employees and empower them to seek help,” TrackSAFE said in a statement.
“With 45% of Australians between the age of 16–85 likely to experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, having team members trained in mental health first aid is critical for today’s workplace.”
TrackSAFE Foundation offers the rail sector accredited and internationally recognised Mental Health First Aid training.
Said to be similar to workplace first aid officers, mental health first aid officers are trained to have the skills and knowledge to help their co-workers in a range of situations.
Course content is suitable for employees at all levels, providing skills in how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health problems.