The partnership involves the roll-out programme of suicide prevention and post-incident support activities, with the support of Network Rail, Train Operators and the British Transport Police, all of which have been making a positive impact.
- Formation of a National Suicide Prevention Group
- Two bespoke railway industry staff training courses developed and delivered – Managing Suicidal Contacts and Trauma Support Training
- A two-phase nationwide public awareness campaign.
- Post-incident support to station staff provided by local Samaritans branches
- A Samaritans call-out service to people in distress at railway locations
- A programme to encourage responsible media reporting of suicides
- An outreach programme which involves developing links with local community and mental health services, to promote referrals to Samaritans
Successes so far
Since the start of the Network Rail partnership and the formation of the rail suicide prevention programme, there have been a number of notable successes:
- Estimated over 1000 lives saved through the collective efforts of the rail suicide prevention programme including over 200 potentially life-saving interventions reported from attendees of Samaritans’ Managing Suicidal Contacts course.
- Six charity business awards in five years and Steve Tollerton awarded Trainer of the Year at the Rail Staff Awards 2012
- More than 800 courses delivered to over 10,000 railway industry staff in 5 years
- An average training course satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5.
If you might be interested in partnering with Samaritans in a similar scheme, contact the Network Rail team on 020 8394 8300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.