Partnership works to prevent suicide

Since 2010 the partnership between National Rail and Samaritans has been developed to reduce the number of deaths on the railway, and has so far been reported as a success in suicide prevention.

In 2015/16 there were 252 suicides on the railway – 35 fewer deaths than the year before. National Rail and the Samaritans believe that a world leading suicide prevention programme that they now offer to staff, has contributed to this significant 12 per cent reduction.

Southport & District Samaritans want to strengthen this relationship at a local level with National Rail, Merseyrail and the British Transport Police, to show the public and the staff involved with the railway, that people care, and that there is someone to talk to. Every suicide leaves a lasting affect on family and friends, as well as rail staff, commuters and the wider community. Southport & District Samaritans hold regular outreach events at Southport train station to reinforce that we are here, within the community, ready to listen if someone wants to reach out.

Charlotte, a Samaritan Listening Volunteer, said “By having a presence alongside the staff from Merseyrail, the British Transport Police, and National Rail at Southport Train Station, we are hoping to spread the message that people really do care about the lives of the people in our community. We always get a really friendly response from members of the public, who will take our leaflets or stop for a chat. Ultimately, we just want to reach as many people as possible, so that if someone feels the need to talk, they know where to find us.

For emotional support, whatever you’re going through, call the Samaritans free any time, from any phone on 116 123. For information about what they do visit www.samaritans.org

They are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call them on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call them.

You can also email; jo@samaritans.org or visit the Southport branch at 32 Union Street, Southport, PR9 0QE. No appointment is necessary and the Samaritans are open most days from 9am-9pm, except Tuesdays when the opening hours are 7pm-9pm, Friday 11am-9pm, and Sunday 11am-9pm.

The Samaritans are supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

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