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Preventing suicide on railways

Preventing suicide on railways

Nearly every day someone tries to take their life on Britain's railways, but thousands of rail staff have now been trained to spot the signs before it is too late. 5,000 staff have been through a Samaritans programme which teaches staff about suicide, what signs to look out for and how to help those who may be at risk. Between April and October 2013, 313 people thought to have been planning to take their lives on the railways were stopped from doing so after someone intervened. Some were helped by those who had been on the scheme, others by regular rail workers, transport police and members of the public.