Small Talk Saves Lives at Gloucester Railway Station

Sunday 3rd December 2017
Samaritan volunteers spent Sunday morning speaking to people at Gloucester Railway Station about how they, as members of the public could save a life, "Small Talk Saves Lives" is built on a simple ask, that if you think someone might need help, trust your instincts and strike up a conversation.

The response was very encouraging, we heard moving accounts from staff about how their training had helped them keep people safe. If you think someone might need help but don't feel comfortable or safe yourself in approaching them, you can tell a member of staff, may of whom have been trained by Samaritans, or call 999. 

For every one life lost on the railways, six are saved by those around them.*

*In 2016/17, there were 6.7 potentially life-saving interventions made for every suicide/suspected suicide on the railway. Figures calculated using data from Rail Safety and Standards Board and British Transport Police (BTP)

Samaritans will have a significant presence at Gloucester Railway Station through December. we'll be singing carols between 11am and 1pm on the 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th December, hoping to raise money for the local branch. Please support us, either by bringing mince pies on the day to the station or donating to our bucket collection. If you'd like to find out more about how you can help us help others, please visit the volunteering, fundraising and donating pages on our website.