Metra to display suicide prevention signs at train stations

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CHICAGO — Metra is moving forward with plans to install suicide prevention signs on station platforms systemwide.

In a presentation given at the railroad’s monthly board meeting, railroad safety leaders unveiled their plans to partner with the DuPage Railroad Safety Council and other local health departments and mental health groups on a campaign that prevents suicides and informs railroad employees on how to identify those that may be struggling with mental health issues.

The signs will be unveiled during a Metra-led mental health awareness symposium in September. The event coincides with national suicide awareness month.

In addition to the signs, the railroad is also training engineers, conductors, ticket agents, customer service representatives, and transportation managers on how to recognize individuals in despair. The training started in 2015 and educates workers on how to identify and approach potentially suicidal people and how to get them the help they need. More than 350 railroad employees have participated in the training.

See the news release online.

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