Small Talk Saves Lives campaign 15th Nov to 3rd Dec 2017

Saturday 25th November 2017
Samaritans "Small Talk Saves Lives" campaign aims to reduce the number of people taking their lives on the railways, giving the public the skills to act on their instincts if they think someone needs help, just by starting a simple conversation. Our volunteers have been at Banbury Railway Station spreading the message.

For many years Samaritans have worked with Network Rail and the British Transport  Police training staff in suicide prevention and many of them have gone on to make an intervention and save a life. Starting a conversation by asking a simple question can be all that's needed to interrupt suicidal thoughts and starting that person on a journey to recovery. "What train are you waiting for?", "It's cold this evening isn't it?" are examples of conversation starters that anyone can use and rail travellers are being encouraged to act on their instincts if they see someone who seems to need help.

Banbury and District Samaritans volunteers have been at Banbury Railway Station talking to travellers and handing out information cards and the response from the public has, as ever, been fantastic.

To find out more about the campaign and watch a short video go to

http://www.samaritans.org/smalltalksaveslives