A little small talk and a simple question like ‘Hello, what’s the time?’ can be all it takes.
Samaritans launches Small Talks Saves Lives in partnership with Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry, to empower the public to act to prevent suicide on the railways and other settings.
Suicide is preventable and suicidal thoughts are often temporary and can be interrupted. We want to give as many people as possible the tools to notice if someone may be at risk and the confidence to approach them.
A little small talk and a simple question like ‘Hello what’s the time?’ or ‘Hi, where can I get a coffee?’ or ‘How great is this weather?’ can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts and help set them on the journey to recovery.
It’s more important now than ever that we look out for each other. The challenges that people face up and down the country have been felt even more deeply as the pandemic has had a profound impact on the nation’s mental health and continues to be a concern for many people.
You could save a life. If you see someone you think might need help, trust your instincts and start a conversation.
For more information visit www.samaritans.org/smalltalksaveslives