Business Charity Awards - Consortium Award: the Rail Industry Suicide Stakeholder Group with Samaritans

For an outstanding partnership between one or more companies and one or more UK charities

Consortium Award
Consortium Award

How was the consortium created?

On average, 253 people take their lives on the rail network each year. Recognising the need to try to prevent rail suicides, key stakeholders came together to create the Rail Industry Suicide Stakeholder Group. These included Samaritans, the British Transport Police, the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail, and the wider rail industry.

What did it do?

The RISSG seeks to reduce the number of railway suicides and support those affected by them by creating a culture of talking and supporting, and encouraging help-seeking behaviour. Rail staff have been empowered to support vulnerable people through training courses and awareness videos delivered by Samaritans, and the rail industry’s sponsorship of Samaritans’ We Listen campaign has helped to raise awareness of the charity’s services.

The group has worked to influence government, public health and the charity sectors though outreach roadshows in high-risk communities, the delivery of a rail suicide-prevention conference and providing written and oral evidence to select committees.

What has it achieved?

There were 11 per cent fewer rail suicides in 2016 than in 2015. The number of staff trained by Samaritans was up by 7 per cent to 2,873. More than 14,000 staff have been trained overall, many of whom have gone on to prevent a suicide, support friends and family members or become Samaritans volunteers.?

What did the judges say?

"This project shows clear achievements and impact," said Sarah Walsh, senior fundraising manager, corporate, at the Carers Trust. "There is synergy in the partnership and real mutual benefit."


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