Posted: Friday 1st December 2017
Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts?
Hertfordshire County Council is supporting the new Samaritans Small Talk Saves Lives campaign, which aims to give people the confidence to help prevent suicide.
A survey of people who travel by train revealed that more than four out of five people would approach someone who may be suicidal if they knew the signs to look out for, what to say, and that they weren’t going to make the situation worse.
For each life lost, six are saved and this campaign hopes to raise awareness of this important issue and get more people involved.
The campaign suggests different courses of action, depending on the situation. They range from approaching the person and asking them a question, to involving other passengers, alerting a member of rail staff or calling the police.
The campaign was developed in consultation with people who have been personally affected by suicide, including where a loved one has taken their life on the railways.
Sarah Wilson planned to take her life on the railways, but didn’t. Her story inspired a video to promote the campaign. Watch Sarah’s inspiring story.
She said: “Someone showing that they cared about me helped to interrupt my suicidal thoughts and that gave them time to subside. The more that people understand that suicide is preventable, the better. I hope people will share the video and that the campaign will encourage people to trust their gut instincts and start a conversation if they think someone could need help. You won’t make things worse, and you could save a life.”
Find out more about the campaign.