Workshop on Railway Suicide Prevention and Impact Reduction for Railway Personnel

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spring 2014 – Beginning of a new research project on the evaluation of critical incident management and support protocols for employees who have experienced a critical railway incident

The CRISE and its partners from the Canadian railway industry VIA Rail and the TCRC have started a new research project, financed by the Institut de recherche en Santé et sécurité au travail Robert Sauvé in Québec (IRSST), VIA Rail and the TCRC. This project aims at evaluating the impact of critical incident management programs implemented throughout the industry on the development of stress reactions following critical railway incidents involving a third party (trespasser, vehicle, accident, suicide).

This project involves the participation of Canadian engineers and conductors who will be involved in a critical incident during the years 2014 and 2015. Results will be made public in 2016.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the project can contact the research team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This project is supervised by Cécile Bardon and Brian Mishara.

Summer 2014 – A literature review on the characteristics of railway suicides

Samaritans and Network Rail, in the UK, are currently carrying out a large scope survey of existing results and potentially useful databases to develop research projects to better understand railway suicides in the UK. As part of this programme, Brian Mishara and Cécile Bardon have conducted a literature review to examine the scope of current knowledge and needs for further research on railway suicides in the world.

Availability of the review: Unknown.


Friday, October 11, 2013


 Transport Canada and the Center for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia at the Université du Québec à Montréal organised a workshop on railway suicide and the reduction of negative consequences as a satellite conference of the International Railway Safety Conference, in Vancouver, on October 11th, 2013.

Click here to review the workshop proceedings and recommendations.