Around 4,500 ScotRail employees will now have easy access to advice on how to prevent suicides on the railway thanks to the rollout of a new mobile app.
Developed by Network Rail in partnership with Samaritans, the app gives employees guidance on possible warning signs and how to best support someone in need and has been made available to all Network Rail Scotland employees since 2017.,
It also provides a direct link to the British Transport Police for immediate support and advice.
Safety director David Lister said that the ScotRail Alliance, which has trained more than 300 employees in suicide prevention, takes its commitment to supporting those with mental health problems very seriously.
He added: “Encountering someone in distress on the railway can be a daunting experience, even for the most experienced of our people. That’s why we’ve launched this app for ScotRail employees, to offer quick help and advice to those who come across someone who needs urgent support.
“Thanks to the work done by the rail industry and Samaritans, for every life lost on the railway, six are saved.”