The guidance note - being termed ‘the 9 Point Plan’ outlines the key themes that Suicide Prevention Duty Holders Group (SPDHG) believe each plan should contain to support the industry’s suicide prevention programme.  In brief they comprise:

Provision of adequate resources/support
The identification of priority/at risk locations and the use of mitigation measures
Intervention in suicide attempts
Trauma management and support
The use of materials that support and publicise the programme amongst staff, at risk individuals and customers.
The guidance was created to help stakeholders develop or update their own suicide prevention plans and encourage them to adopt similar approaches to prevent suicides on the network and manage those involved in the aftermath of such events.

The onus is on each duty holder to embrace the nine points in the guidance, adopt them in their own plan and where appropriate work collaboratively with others to achieve common goals.  

Network Rail has a significant part to play in bringing the industry together.  It must not only create plans at route level to address its own requirements but bring together the common goals of all duty holders that operate across it.  They will also monitor delivery of this collective plan just as each duty holder should review progress against their own.

The creation of a suicide prevention plan in line with the guidance will also help individual duty holders meet requirements set out in the industry’s ‘Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway’ strategy published by Rail Safety and Standards Board in March 2016.  In particular it addresses core elements of risk priority 2 – ‘public behaviour’ but also supports others notably: