Feeling stressed? New self-help support app for rail industry workers can help

Designed specifically for rail employees to help combat anxiety, stress and negative thoughts, the new RailRes app offers a menu of stress-busting exercises all in real-time. 

RailRes_App.jpgTrain drivers, guards, station staff and other rail industry employees are often the first people on the scene when incidents take place on the network. Witnessing these events can cause severe mental, physical and emotional trauma. This is why the industry came together to found the TrackSAFE Foundation, to provide suicide prevention strategies, tools and advice to help workers feel safe and supported at work. RailRes is the latest addition to TrackSAFE’s suite of support materials.

The RailRes app builds on the success of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs High Res app and draws on insights and recommendations from a team of rail employees and representatives from the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

Rail employees can use the app to ‘test’ their response to stress and ‘adjust’ their physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions to stress. The app provides a range of interactive and easy-to-use tools and exercises including progressive muscle relaxation and learning how to challenge and change negative or unhelpful thoughts.

RTBU National Secretary Bob Nanva says the Rail Res app will help rail industry workers take control of stress and anxiety from the many pressures they are faced with, “working in the transport industry can be highly stressful and demanding, especially in the rail industry where millions of commuters are using the network everyday. Whether it’s a daily battle or an occasional episode, the effects of stress – or even trauma– can take a serious toll on productivity, and more importantly our workers’ health. Fortunately the new RailRes app can bring immediate stress management within easy reach,” Mr Nanva said.

The app can be downloaded free via the App store –available on iPhone and Android devices.

For more information please visit: http://tracksafefoundation.com.au/railres-app