During Mental Health Week, 10 - 15 October 2016, the TrackSAFE Foundation launched Community Stations, a ground breaking research project that encourages a sense of social connectedness at train stations.
The TrackSAFE Foundation partnered with Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the University of Melbourne's Centre for Mental Health, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and V/Line to deliver the Project and test a range of activities at four train stations – Dandenong, Ringwood, Sunshine and Melton stations.
Community Stations will occur over a period of six months, commencing in October 2016 and concluding in March 2017. The aim of the pilot project is to discover whether particular activities at train stations can:
- Improve community members knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about mental health,
- Create a positive environment at stations which will improve customer's well-being,
- Activities may include cultural performances, mental health awareness events, pop-up art, busking, or food related events.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne will ask customers, at the four stations, to undertake a two-three minute survey to assist with the pilot project. Participation is completely voluntary.
Customers' participation will contribute to valuable research to measure the impact of activities at train stations on health and wellbeing.
If you wish to find out further information about Community Stations, public enquiries are directed at the PTV Projects Team or call 1800 800 007.
If you have questions about the research aspects of the project, please contact:
Project coordinator at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Mental Health, Dr Nicola Reavley by email or call 03 9035 7628