Rail industry brings together MPs with dedicated people working on suicide prevention
Network Rail joined with Samaritans, the British Transport Police and the wider rail industry to host a parliamentary reception on suicide prevention.
The event this afternoon (Wednesday 7 March) allowed Members of Parliament (MPs) to meet the dedicated people in the rail industry working hard to reduce suicides on the railway.
Its aim was to show MPs how they have a vital role to play in raising awareness of the issue and the prevention work that the rail industry is currently doing, and so they could find out how to best support the work to reduce the number of suicides on the railway.
They were able to hear personally from people who have successfully intervened to save a life, as well as about the challenges of responding sensitively to suicides while reducing delays to passengers.
For every life lost to suicide we now save six, with railway staff trained to prevent suicides as part of a wide-ranging programme. Suicides on the railway are at their lowest level since 2010, but still occur on average every 36 hours, so there is much more work to do.