Suicide Prevention Good Practice

This page contains good practice guidance on aspects of the suicide prevention programme, additional guidance will be added as it is developed.

Preventing suicide on the rail network: a good practice guide

The Rail Industry Suicide Stakeholder Group (RISSG) have produced a guidance document - Preventing suicide on the rail network: a good practice guide. This guidance was created to support railway staff who want to work with local communities to prevent suicide around priority railway locations. The five parts (and glossary) of the good practice guide are as follows:

  • Part 1: Community Outreach Locations
  • Part 2: Multi-agency working
  • Part 3: Station and other outreach events
  • Part 4: Media at Community Outreach Locations
  • Part 5: Further Samaritans community resources
  • Glossary

We envisage this guide to be a toolkit for rail industry suicide prevention representatives (including Suicide Prevention Plan Champions and Coordinators from each organisation) – including Samaritans project staff, station managers and station staff who wish to tackle suicide risk at their rail location.
The five parts include case studies and example of past work that will be useful when planning activities and they also provide useful contact details for colleagues from Network Rail, Samaritans and British Transport Police.

The ‘good practice guide’ will help to identify specific locations and communities where there is a higher risk of suicide, termed ‘at-risk locations’. This includes advice on facilitation engagement with communities with differing social needs. The guide will also help individuals to engage with mental health services and local authorities in order to develop and improve the rail industry’s suicide prevention programme at a local level; this will enable a TOC to identify, if they haven’t already, the relevant local organisations that they could be interacting with.

Working collaboratively to prevent suicides at Milton Keynes and Bletchley railway stations: A case study

The good practice case study ‘Working collaboratively to prevent suicides at Milton Keynes and Bletchley train stations’ is available for download.

The case study was created following a spate of suicides at Milton Keynes and Bletchley railway stations in the autumn of 2017. In response to these events, a multi-agency group was established by the rail industry to reduce the risk of further events.

The multi-agency group assisted in building a more cohesive community approach to suicide prevention in the area, by developing and strengthening partnerships and uniting a range of stakeholders to take greater ownership and responsibility for addressing the local needs jointly.

his document attempts to share the experiences of that group so that others may learn from them. Additionally, it sets out recommendations that they consider need to be followed when addressing clusters of suicidal activity.


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