Suicide prevention on the railway. An anthropological and ethnographical approach

June 4, 2019 12:20 pm Published by

Between 2016 and 2018, the Central Suicide Prevention Team conducted a programme of ground breaking research into suicide on the railway, using anthropological and ethnographic methods to identify why clusters of people take their lives at specific locations, particularly where existing mitigation measures should, it is believed, act as a significant deterrent.

The commissioned work challenged current thinking in the suicide prevention arena, as well as promoting practical and actionable insights for preventing suicidal activity at the locations studied.

One notable feature of the research has been its focus on specific locations, local geographies and communities. The researchers spoke with a wide range of respondents including those with mental health issues, who have not attempted to take their lives, and those who have, as well as local service providers and residents along with station staff and local stakeholders.

The final report contains a significant amount of information that is relevant to local suicide prevention stakeholders, local authorities and mental health service providers. Subsequently this detail is being shared with them to promote cross-industry and sector learning and collaboration.

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