Small Talk Saves Lives

Small Talk Saves Lives

Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts?

We’ve launched Small Talk Saves Lives with Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry to give people the confidence to help prevent suicide on the railways and beyond.

It’s built on a simple ask: that if you think somebody might need help, trust your instincts and strike up a conversation.

You could help save a life

Sarah's story

Our film tells the story of someone whose life was saved when someone took the time to talk to her

How you can help

Advice on signs to look out for and how you can start a conversation 

Campaign FAQs

We've put together some frequently asked questions about the Small Talk Saves Lives campaign, and the research behind it.

What next?

Want to know what the next steps are once you've started talking to someone in need of help? We list some next steps you could take in the conversation.

What if...?

If you have questions about how you should intervene and help someone at risk, we have some answers here.

A little small talk can be all it takes

A question about the weather or even asking someone’s name can be enough. You won’t make the situation worse but you could help save a life and set somebody on a journey to recovery.

If you don’t feel comfortable or safe doing so, you can tell a member of rail staff, many of whom Samaritans have trained to help, 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)

Got questions?

Find out more about why we’ve launched the campaign.

Samaritans is a charity and we are always here for anyone struggling to cope. We receive a call for help every 6 seconds. Help us to be there for anyone in need. Please donate today and you could help save a life.