Small Talk Saves Lives : a novel partnership to reduce suicide on the railway

The UK rail industry is working in partnership with Samaritans and the British Transport Police on the Small Talk Saves Lives bystander campaign, launched in November 2017. The first campaign of its type on the railway, it encourages the general public to support those who may be in emotional crisis around them on the railway network.

The campaign aims to give commuters the confidence to trust their own instincts and intervene if they see someone vulnerable who may be at risk of suicide on or around the rail network, and to talk to them to interrupt their suicidal thoughts. It proposes four "lifesaving questions" that passengers can ask someone who displays warning signs of suicide. 

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