Cllr Alexander Stafford has launched a campaign to reduce suicides at Ealing Broadway Station. Last year there were four fatalities at Ealing Broadway Station, with deaths on railways arising from trespass and suicide totaling 320 in 2014, the third consecutive year of increases. Nationally, suicides on the railway account for approximately 6% of all recorded suicides, but in Ealing suicides on the railway account for 20% of all suicides.
So far this campaign has featured in the Evening Standard, Ealing Today, Britaly Post, Get West London, in the Ealing Gazette and on BBC Radio London where Cllr Alexander Stafford did an interview with Paul Ross on his breakfast show.
The campaign calls for the introduction of suicide prevention phones at the station. These direct access free-to-use phones could reduce injuries and fatalities at the station. The phones, which are currently used successfully in America, have seen the suicide rate reduce by one quarter on the Sunshine Bridge in Florida.
Councillor Stafford has written to Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive of the Samaritans, Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of Great Western Railway, and Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, asking them to work together to save lives at Ealing Broadway Station.
Cllr Stafford said “I have repeatedly been called on by constituents to do something to stop this tragic loss of life. The Samaritans do an amazing job of helping people and I hope this campaign will aid the work that they do – to ensure people have quick and easy access to essential support networks.”
For confidential support on mental health call the Samaritans on 116 123 or email email@example.com
Article on Cllr Stafford’s suicide prevention campaign
The Evening Standard reporting on Cllr Stafford’s suicide prevention campaign