Last year, charity Samaritans launched a campaign highlighting the crucial difference that small talk can have on railways – a year later there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of lives saved.
The national suicide charity reported that their Small Talk Save Lives campaign has seen 163 interventions made on the railways between January and September this year – up a fifth from the previous year.
Samaritans’ push asks commuters to ask simple questions and make small talk with vulnerable people on platforms across the UK in a bid to interrupt suicidal thoughts.
— Dept for Transport (@transportgovuk) November 7, 2018
Even a simple chat about the weather or asking how someone is can be enough to make a huge difference – for every life lost on the railway, six are saved by those around them.
Gillian Assor from Hertfordshire is one of the commuters who have helped save a life while out walking her dog with her husband near their home one evening.