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Mental Health Resources for Transit Workers

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FTA is hosting a webinar to discuss suicide prevention and mental health crisis intervention on transit. Join SAMHSA, San Francisco Suicide Prevention, BART and UTA on May 29, 2024 at 2:00 PM.

Mental health, an important aspect of overall health and well-being, remains a difficult topic to discuss. FTA has compiled mental health resources to support transit industry workers during challenging times. 

Click below to see a list of resources

Mental Health, Wellness and Self-Care

The resources below can help frontline transit workers and others in the transit industry address mental health concerns and support self-care in the wake of a traumatic or stressful event.



Title Description Source
Your Healthiest Self: Wellness Toolkits Highlights evidence-based tips for living well and improving your health. National Institute of Health
Mental Health Awareness Month 2024 Outlines several ways to support mental well-being and help others. National Council of Mental Wellbeing
University of Kansas Medical Center Handouts and self-care plans that recognize personal behaviors and identify when individuals may be experiencing mental health issues. University of Kansas Medical Center
Tips for Talking With a Health Care Provider About Your Mental Health Tips for speaking with a healthcare provider about mental health. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 
Promote Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing Webpage dedicated to topics like mental health, stress reduction, substance misuse and more.

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Mental Health in the Workplace Actions employers can take to promote awareness and emphasize the importance of mental health and stress management.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Mental Health Toolkit Resources to help foster mental health-friendly work cultures. U.S. Department of Labor
Caring for Your Mental Health Self-care tips to manage stress, lower risk of illness and increase energy to maintain mental health and a good quality of life. NIMH
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress  Tips for preventing and managing stress when dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence or terrorism. HHS
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator Confidential and anonymous resource for people seeking treatment for mental and substance use disorders in the U.S. and its territories. HHS
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including signs, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. NIMH
National Center for PTSD Tips and treatment options for veterans with PTSD and those impacted by disaster and mass violence.  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 
Coping with Stress Healthy methods for coping with stress, anxiety, grief or worry. CDC
Emergency Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself Steps responders can take to ensure they are able to cope with challenging situations. CDC
Disaster Distress Helpline: Get Immediate Crisis Counseling and Support Counseling and support from the Disaster Distress Hotline to assist residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
Office of the Surgeon General - Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Well Being Connections between the well-being of workers and the health of organizations. HHS
Research@BSPH Evidence-based practices and strategies that can help employers support the mental health and well-being of employees. Johns Hopkins University

Psychological First Aid

Title  Description  Source
PTSD: National Center for PTSD Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Appendices include parent tips for helping infants and toddlers and resources for survivors. VA
Psychological First Aid Course that discusses how to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention and Disposition. Coursera

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Suicide Prevention

FTA issued Safety Advisory 22-4: Suicide Prevention Signage on Public Transit to encourage transit agencies to implement, update or expand suicide prevention signage and messaging campaigns that apply best practices for reducing suicide attempts. The safety advisory also recommends agencies assess and monitor the effectiveness of different signage approaches and make use of available data to guide transit agency activities on suicide prevention.

The resources below highlight free and confidential support for people in emotional distress and offer potential interventions for organizations.

Title Description Source
Suicide Prevention Hotlines Resources for suicide prevention including information about warning signs, risk factors, treatment and therapy. NIMH
Frequently Asked Questions About Suicide

Brochure that provides warning signs of suicide, ways to help prevent suicide and effective treatment options.

Warning Signs of Suicide Article with downloadable infographic discussing the warning signs of suicide. NIMH
5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain Actions individuals can take to help someone in emotional pain. NIMH
Suicide Prevention Toolkit Social media content and promotional materials for mental health awareness. SAMHSA
Suicide Prevention  Suicide prevention resources, publications and data sources.  CDC
Depression Interventions  Employee programs featuring classes, seminars or competitions. Article discussing the benefits of employee programs for combatting the symptoms of depression. CDC
SAMHSA 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Information on the background, history, funding opportunities and implementation resources  for strengthening suicide prevention and mental health crisis services. SAMHSA
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Federal Action Plan Presents priority actions the federal government proposes to advance the goals and objectives outlined in the 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Resource
FTA Standards Development Program: Mitigations for Trespasser and Suicide Fatalities and Injuries (Report 0227) This report presents research focused on mitigation strategies and countermeasures that may be used by rail transit agencies (RTAs) to reduce trespasser and suicide fatalities and injuries, including RTA practices and practical and promising strategies and countermeasures. Federal Transit Administration Resource

Suicide Postvention

Title Description Source
A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide Guide with clear steps after a trauma, including methods for immediate response, e.g. a plan and long-term strategies to assist their employees. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (not a federal resource)
Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines Recommendations for the development of suicide postvention at all levels of society in the U.S. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (not a federal resource)

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Active Shooter Preparedness Resources

The resources below offer information to help frontline transit workers recognize indicators of potential workplace violence and understand actions to take when confronted by an active shooter.

Title Description Source
Options for Consideration Active Shooter Preparedness Video Video that demonstrates possible actions that individuals can take if confronted with an active shooter scenario. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan (EAP) video that describes the fundamental concepts of developing an EAP for an active shooter scenario. CISA
Warning Signs and What You Can Do Tips for avoiding violence and ensuring the safety of individuals and their colleagues. Department of Homeland Security
Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan (EAP) video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an EAP for an active shooter scenario. CISA
Active Shooter: What You Can Do Interactive web-based course developed for non-law enforcement employees if confronted with an active shooter situation. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Pathway to Violence Factsheet and video highlighting the behavior indicators that assailants often demonstrate before a violent act. CISA
Active Shooter Safety Resources Description of the FBI’s jurisdiction in active shooter incidents which includes information and resources on various topics such as operational/victim assistance and campus attacks. FBI

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Transit Agencies

These resources below offer information from transit agencies.

Title Description Source
Employee Assistance Program Resources Resources on stress, mindfulness and more Pittsburgh Regional Transit
May is Mental Health Awareness Month Signs of stress and healthy ways to cope Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) 
Sleep Better, Work Better Tips to get quality sleep and establish healthy routines Valley Metro (VM)
Recharge to be in Charge Dangers of sleep deprivation and tips to get proper sleep VM
Fight Fatigue Risks Risks associated with fatigue and methods to combat fatigue VM

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Title/Registration Description
Suicide Prevention Signage on Public Transit FTA webinar on Suicide Prevention Signage on Public Transit that includes an overview of current suicide trends and the impact on the transit industry and the use of signage as a countermeasure to mitigate suicide-related events on public transit. FTA was joined by speakers from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

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FTA has not assessed whether any of these resources meet applicable statutory or regulatory requirements. This list is provided for technical assistance only. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement or approval by FTA. Please email if you encounter any broken or outdated links.

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