Today (Thursday 12 May), we join the Duke of Cambridge
to launch a unique coalition of frontline services to help tackle
the issue of male suicide – the single biggest killer of men under
the age of 45 in the UK
With an estimated cost of £20million, male
suicide accounts for 76% of all suicides in the UK. It has a huge
impact not only on individuals and families, but also on frontline
This is why we’ve
joined with other frontline services from land, sea and air,
including Network Rail, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the
Chief Fire Officers’ Association, the Association of Ambulance
Chief Executives, Highways England and the Royal National Lifeboat
Institution (RNLI). The coalition, convened by the Campaign Against Living Miserably
(CALM), is also joined by Samaritans and Unliever’s male
grooming brand Lynx, one of CALM’s key partners.
Round table discussion
The Duke of Cambridge chairs a discussion in
London today, hearing real-life stories from the frontline and
discussing how to move forward. The coalition’s aim is to pool
members’ expertise in dealing with suicide to develop a resource
that helps men identify and support others, and themselves, when
down, depressed or suicidal.
BTP’s head of suicide prevention and mental
health (SPMH) Mark Smith said: “It is fantastic to be involved in
such a high profile event, raising awareness around mental health
and the issue of male suicide.
“This is sadly something our officers come
across each day on our railways and so we are committed to working
with our partners in this new coalition to address the issue.
“This is an opportunity to share our learning
from this and work together to find new ways of moving
How BTP tackles the
Since 2010, we have run a suicide prevention
strategy, which includes training for frontline staff and sees
divisional teams where our staff and NHS community nurses sit side
by side to provide information for officers involved in incidents
on the ground.
We also have a suicide prevention hotline for
health services, rail staff and volunteers, and targeted patrols at
vulnerable areas to help anyone in distress.
In 2015/16 we spent 12,646 deployment hours
dealing with fatalities, which in the main involved suicide. In
addition, we deal with some 9,000 mental health crisis and suicidal
incidents each year and manage around 1,200 people on suicide