Rail Suicide Prevention Programme
Every suicide leaves a lasting effect on family and friends, as well as rail staff, commuters and the wider community.
In 2010 Samaritans began working with Network Rail with the aim of preventing rail suicides and supporting those affected by them.
Our partnership with Network Rail and work with the wider rail industry focusses on seven key areas:
- Engaging the rail industry in suicide prevention and support activities
- Reaching out to those most at risk
- Suicide prevention training
- Supporting people affected by a traumatic incident
- Support at stations following a suicide
- Working with the media to encourage responsible reporting of rail suicides
- Working with police and health services
Achievements to date:
- Over 16,000 rail staff trained in Samaritans' suicide prevention and support courses
- More than 400 reported life-saving interventions carried out by course delegates
- Ten awards won in recognition of outstanding partnership and training work
- Three suicide prevention and support conferences
- Increased engagement from train operating companies across England, Scotland and Wales year-on-year.