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ScotRail aiming to save lives with new app

ScotRail has launched a new app for all employee phones and tablets to help prevent suicides on the railway.

Developed by Network Rail in partnership with Samaritans and the wider rail industry, the app gives employees guidance on possible warning signs and how best to support someone in need. It also provides a direct link to the British Transport Police for immediate support and advice.

The app is now available to all 4,500 ScotRail employees on their smartphones and tablets and is in addition to Samaritans’ specialist suicide prevention training that more than 300 ScotRail Alliance colleagues have completed.

The app has been available on all Network Rail Scotland employee devices since 2017.

The ScotRail Alliance is also supporting the ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’ campaign, which aims to give travellers the confidence to act if they notice someone who may be at risk of suicide on or around the rail network.

People are being reminded that if they concerned about someone they see on the railway or elsewhere, they should trust their instincts:

  • Suicidal thoughts can often be temporary.
  • Strike up a conversation with a simple question such as asking about the weather, or where they’re travelling today.
  • If you think someone may need help, introduce yourself, encourage them to talk and focus on listening. 
  • There’s no evidence that talking to someone who could be at risk can make things worse. 
  • It’s important to act. If you don’t feel comfortable approaching the person yourself, tell a member of staff, a police officer or dial 999.

David Lister, ScotRail Alliance sustainability & safety assurance director, said:

“The ScotRail Alliance takes its commitment to supporting those with mental health problems very seriously.

“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.”

James Jopling, Executive Director for Samaritans in Scotland, said:

“Suicide is not inevitable and any one of us could have an opportunity to save a life. By empowering their staff to act if they see someone at risk, the rail industry continues to make great efforts in reducing and preventing suicide across Scotland.”

East Lothian based Bidding Consultancy Supporting the Tartan Explorer’s Bid to Cycle the World!

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It’s startling to learn that 2 people die in Scotland every day because of Suicide and that Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35.

To tackle this, a global suicide prevention movement has been initiated by The Tartan Explorer, Josh Quigley. The movement which started in November 2015 has reached and touched the hearts of over half a million people in over 40 countries worldwide.

On the 26th May 2016, exactly one year to the day after his own suicide attempt, Josh (age 24) will be leaving Scotland on a global mission which is using his second chance at life to help break down the associated social and cultural stigma, encourage others to seek support and ultimately prevent suicide.

Josh, a former Young Entrepreneur of the Year, will be cycling 50,000 miles to over 80 countries on six continents, telling his story and encouraging people around the world to talk about mental health.  Josh envisages that the expedition will take up to 4 years.  During this time he will have no income but will focus exclusively on the trip and meeting people to raise awareness of suicide and the importance of prevention measures.

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Andrew Morrison, AM Bid Services and Josh Quigley, The Tartan Explorer

Speaking of his upcoming world-covering cycling journey, The Tartan Explorer said:

“I’m determined to inspire others to have positive conversations about mental health. I want to use this movement to help to break down the associated social and cultural stigma, encourage others to seek support and ultimately prevent suicide. This journey for me is a new start, a new life and I will use my journey to help others along the way. All the kind comments, messages and pledges of support really drive me on. I’m very grateful to AM Bid Services and other very kind organisations for their support. I couldn’t attempt this expedition without the backing of others – any help provided is hugely appreciated.”

Impressed and invested in The Tartan Explorer’s passion for educating and helping people around this sensitive issue, Andrew Morrison, Managing Director at AM Bid Services said:

“It is a privilege to be providing some assistance with Josh’s expedition for such an important cause.  Our team has been inspired by Josh’s story and we are pulling out the stops to try to help him reach his goal.  This includes speaking to our many business contacts in a bid to attract a Headline Sponsor who can help with vital funding.”

The message of The Tartan Explorer is clear Any life can be brought back from the brink to achieve something incredible.

To pledge your support to The Tartan Explorer please see the following link https://www.gofundme.com/thetartanexplorer