On average, 253 people take their lives on the rail network each year. Key partners Rail Delivery Group, Samaritans, the British Transport Police and the wider rail industry which forms the Rail Industry Suicide Stakeholder Group, seek to empower an industry made up of over two hundred thousand people to better support each other, and to be able to help any one of the millions of people who travel on the rail network each day who might be in emotional crisis.
In 2016 the partnership saw; the launch of the Samaritans and rail industry ‘We Listen’ communications campaign across England, Scotland and Wales; insertion of suicide prevention and support guidance into future train operator franchise agreements, six community roadshows in high risk locations and also a suicide prevention conference for the health and charity sectors. The community roadshows and the conference particularly demonstrate the partnership’s growing collaboration with government, health and charity sectors locally, nationally and internationally to promote suicide prevention and share best practice to reduce suicide by any method.
Rising numbers of life-saving interventions and an 11% fall in rail suicides in 2016 demonstrates how this work is having a real impact on a tragic social issue that affects thousands of people each year.