The use of the railway as a suicide method has been a problem since the first networks were established in the first half of the nineteenth century. The wider impact of these individual tragedies is examined.

Course rationale

This 3 day course draws on work designed to improve the response to these incidents and the restoration of railway services, as well as ultimately contributing to the prevention of railway suicides. Delegates will have the opportunity to examine current examples of best practice in the management of this sad, emotional, and disruptive subject area of railway operations. Of interest to operators and law enforcement agencies this course will consider the legal, operating and social impacts of this form of suicide, and will assist delegates in managing this issue in the real world.

Course content

  • The scale and nature of suicide on railway and metro systems.
  • Why people chose these systems as a suicide venue
  • The cultural and legal background
  • The impact of railway suicide on victims, responders, operators, the public and on society
  • Improving response – considerations and practical measures
  • Suicide prevention – what can be done?
  • Case studies and best practice guidance
  • An examination of areas of responsibility of various agencies
3 days
Any venue suitable for the client

Entry requirements

No specific requirements for these short, un-accredited, courses but they are intended for multi-agency professionals working in the fields of surface transport and related law enforcement. All the courses will be taught in English.

Key Benefits

These courses are tightly focused on specialist areas of interest to railway, light railway and metro operators, law enforcement agencies and other professional sectors with responsibility for these systems. However, they are flexible in nature and can be adapted to suit individual client requirements. Drawing from experience from around the world attendance on these courses will provide delegates with a unique opportunity for developing their professional knowledge whilst also offering a solid introduction to subject areas that are open to further, accredited, study.