TV and radio presenter Gaby Roslin is all aboard Samaritans’ Small Talk Saves Lives campaign, letting commuters know they have all the experience they need to save a life.
The campaign, launched by Samaritans in partnership with Network Rail, British Transport Police (BTP) and the wider rail industry, aims to prevent suicide by encouraging the public to notice if someone may be at risk and start a conversation. They can also alert a member of staff or dial 999.
Gaby showed her support at London’s King’s Cross station, where she voiced a special message over the tannoy and chatted to travellers about what they can do to support the initiative.
The BBC London host said: “It’s great to see how much the public are getting behind this campaign. Suicidal thoughts are very often temporary and a simple phrase like, ‘I can’t believe this weather’, can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thinking.
“Just knowing that is helpful, because any one of us could have the chance to save a life. At the same time, the message is that if you are struggling, people do care, they will be kind and help is out there. If anyone feels they have nowhere to turn, Samaritans services are there for free 24 hours a day.”
You can support by following the campaign @samaritanscharity on Instagram or sharing the video on Twitter @samaritans or Facebook at www.facebook.com/samaritanscharity, using the hashtag #SmallTalkSavesLives.
For more information, please contact Samaritans Press Office on 020 8394 8300 or [email protected] A press pack including photos, audio and video links is available at www.samaritans.org/small-talk-press-pack.
Notes to editors:
- Due to the link between certain types of media reporting and increases in suicide rates, please note Samaritans’ Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide and Rail Suicide factsheet.
- Anyone can contact Samaritans for free in confidence any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, and the number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or email [email protected] or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch where you can talk to one of their trained volunteers face to face.
- Samaritans works in partnership with the rail industry and British Transport Police (BTP) to reduce suicides on the railway. Find out more at: https://www.samaritans.org/corporate/rail-industry-suicide-prevention-programme