We need more barriers to suicide

Samaritans press statement

Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans, said:  “A person focused on taking their life has often lost sight of alternatives. The period of suicidal crisis, where someone is fixated on taking their own life, usually only lasts a short while.  Creating a barrier, whether it is a fence, or an alternative course of action, such as details of an organisation like Samaritans which offers round the clock support, or even something as simple as someone reaching out and asking if they are ok, can often interrupt people enough for them to have second thoughts about what they are doing and seek help.

“Every suicide is a tragedy so, whilst this research is really encouraging, more still needs to be done to extend the use of signs and barriers so that suicides can be reduced further.”

For decades suicide reduction charity Samaritans has campaigned for and put up signs and barriers at suicide hotspots around the country, as we believe they can make a crucial difference when people are considering taking their own lives.

As part of the partnership with Network Rail to reduce suicides on the railways, Samaritans has trained thousands of rail staff to intervene when someone is in danger of taking their own life and implemented safety measures at stations, including signs and barriers.

Notes to editors

  • Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place for anyone who is struggling to cope. Please call 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find details of the nearest branch.