Samaritans and Network Rail initiative ‘prevented 1,000 suicides in three years’

Samaritans and Network Rail initiative ‘prevented 1,000 suicides in three years’

Rail owner says courses in which charity trained rail industry staff to approach people in distress have paid off

More than 1,000 suicides have been prevented in the past three years due to the intervention of rail staff who have undergone special training to spot vulnerable people at risk, Network Rail has said.

The figures follow a partnership between Network Rail and the charity Samaritans, which has so far seen 10,000 frontline staff completing courses on managing suicidal contacts.

Related: The NHS scheme to reduce stigma about suicide

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Source: Guardian Transport

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