MBTA and Samaritans Work To Stop Suicide By Train

MBTA Commuter Rail Train (Credit MBTA/Facebook)

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) – It’s not new, but there is a continued push at local railroad crossings to encourage those considering suicide, to seek help.

Last year, 28 were struck by commuter trains and in 15 cases it was determined to have been intentional.

This year through April 23  the safety report shows 9 people have been struck by trains 5 intentionally.

Those are handling those efforts are hoping that those needing help will seek it.

The MBTA and Keolis are putting up signs at commuter rail stations and crossings focused on rail safety and to ensure those who need support help is available.

“If you're struggling… if you just you don't have to be on the brink of suicide to reach out for help. So if you’re struggling with depression or you know someone who need some help or just need someone to listen to them please reach out to Samaritans,” said  Steve Mongeau, Executive Director of Boston based Samaritans.

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In the last couple of days local call centers offering counseling have seen an uptick in calls.

He says his organizations increased awareness of their helpline and even attracted some volunteers.

The plan is to put up about 1,500 signs throughout it’s system through the summer.

“It’s a kind of a natural extension of the digital signs they have in the subway station and on the highway billboard they have expanded that by adding these permanent trying to commuter railway network,” he said.

For those who need assistance the Samaritans help line can be reached 24/7 at 877-870-4673 (HOPE)

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Ben Parker reports

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