Television presenter Fearne Cotton and former footballer and pundit Paul Merson are the latest speakers to be announced for Rail Wellbeing Live which will run virtually over two days (17 to 18 November). Fearne will talk about how to find joy in every day and Paul will share his experience of battling addiction during his footballing career.
Other speakers in the line-up include: Rebecca Adlington, double gold Olympic medallist; Bryony Gordon, best-selling author of the book Mad Girl; Jason Fox from Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins; and Dr Rupy Aujla, the GP behind The Doctor’s Kitchen project.
Rail Wellbeing Live is open to Britain’s 240,000-strong rail workforce for free, where suicides are among the highest in the UK workforce at 1.6 times the national average. Thousands have already signed up for this year’s event, but it is not too late to register. To secure your place, visit www.railwellbeinglive.co.uk. By registering, you will also be able to watch all 75 sessions again 24/7 for up to two weeks after the event.
Ill-health in the rail industry is estimated to cost £790m per year with a 3.9% absence rate due to health issues – mental and physical - more than double the private sector average. And this year, the ONS have said that one in five adults in Britain experienced some form of depression in early 2021, more than double the level recorded before the pandemic.
“One in four of us will have a diagnosed mental illness at some point in our lives and I believe that we all go through periods of mental unwellness, however brief they may be. The most effective coping strategy I have is talking about what I’ve been through and what I go through on a daily basis.
All the content over the two days will be livestreamed and available 24/7 for two weeks after the event, but you need to register to be able to access it. Also new for 2021, is the introduction of sessions at 10pm which will cover nutrition for shift work and how to reduce fatigue.