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Greater Anglia worker backs Samaritans new suicide prevention campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:23 15 November 2017

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Rail passengers are being asked to talk to vulnerable people who may be at risk of taking their own lives.

It comes as Samaritans, British Transport Police and the rail industry, including Greater Anglia and Network Rail, has launched its suicide prevention campaign Small Talk Saves Lives.

Commuters are being urged to talk to vulnerable people to interrupt their suicidal thoughts.

One person who did that was Greater Anglia railway manager, Scott Paton, from Colchester, who stopped a distressed man from taking his life at a level crossing at Hythe railway station in 2016.

He said: “Small talk can save lives and I would encourage anyone using the rail network to help keep their fellow passengers safe. If they do not have the confidence to approach them, they are encouraged to speak to a staff member.”

Visit www.samaritans.org/smalltalksaveslives

To contact Samaritans call 116123.

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