Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Suicide Prevention on the Rails

Railroads institute more measures to help prevent suicides on their systems

Union Pacific Railroad provides suicide prevention hotline cards to employees that can be given to anyone perceived as distraught.
Photo – UP

By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor

The two most common ways people commit suicide in the United States are by gunshot and by a prescription drug overdose. But another recurring method is by train. If a distraught person doesn’t have access to a gun or pills, he or she might seek the nearest railroad track — which is easier to find — and intentionally wait to be struck by a train.

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