Ground-breaking Research into Mental Health Training


Face-to-face training and e-learning equally effective

In this research project (T1124), both face-to-face training and e-learning led to sustained changes in line managers’ knowledge of mental health and their preparedness to act on mental health problems. The finding allows rail companies to choose a method of training that suits their organisation, without fear of compromising its effectiveness.

The research was the first of its kind to compare methods of delivering mental health training. Both sets of training were delivered by Mind, the mental health charity. The researchers compared the impact on face-to-face and e-learning participants against a control group, directly after the training and again six weeks later.

The project highlighted that, however mental health training is delivered, it should cover five topics.

  • Awareness of, and knowledge about, mental health
  • Communication skills
  • Supporting mental wellbeing through managing workplace risks
  • Managing absence and return to work
  • Responding appropriately to signs and symptoms

Next steps

To find out more and download a briefing leaflet, visit our Mental Health Training for Line Managers page.

RSSB and the Institute for Employment Studies will next research the impact of refresher mental health training, with findings due to be published by February 2020.

RSSB and Mind are working together to improve access to e-learning for rail companies.

"The proposed locomotive gauge seeks to utilise the maximum available space, achieves compliance with the Lower Sector Vehicle Gauge and simplifies the gauging process, with the potential to realise reduced industry costs."

Ian Glover
T&RS Projects Engineer, Freightliner Group Limited

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Get in touch with our Mental Wellbeing Specialist for further information.
Michelle O'Sullivan
Tel: 020 3142 5353
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