Train patrols to raise awareness of railway suicides

British Transport Police and Samaritans will be carrying out patrols at Dewsbury Station to raise awareness.

British Transport Police and Samaritans will be carrying out patrols at Dewsbury Station to raise awareness.

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Officers from British Transport Police and representatives from the Samaritans will be at stations and travelling on trains in and around the Dewsbury and Huddersfield areas tomorrow to speak to passengers and rail staff to raise awareness around the issue of suicide on the railways.

Over the last 18 months there have been five suicides on the rail route between Dewsbury and Marsden.

PC Marcus Robinson said, “BTP work closely with the Samaritans to attempt reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts on the railway. The majority of officers have attended a two day training course with the Samaritans, which can help us spot suicidal behaviour and positively intervene.

“Sadly we have had a number of deaths on the rail line in and around the Huddersfield area over the past 18 months and on Friday, in partnership with the Samaritans officers will be out and about across the rail network speaking to passengers.

“The aim is to increase members of the public’s awareness of the issue and help them identify suicidal behaviour on the railway. Many people who do choose to take their own lives illustrate specific behaviour prior to the event, and if we can encourage people to intervene and take positive action, which could be anything from calling BTP or alerting a member of rail staff, to simply talking to someone who looks distressed, lives could be saved.

“This is not about turning people into counsellors, or emergency service staff, but it’s about encouraging people to be aware and help if they can.

“We also want to raise awareness of how BTP and the Samaritans can provide support and assistance to vulnerable people, and encourage people who are struggling to seek help.”