Caltrain launches suicide prevention website

Caltrain has launched a website dedicated to suicide prevention and outreach in recognition of Railroad Safety Month.

The page, www.caltrain.com/ThereIsHelp, lists a crisis hotline number and links to local, regional and national suicide prevention resources, according to Caltrain officials.

Caltrain continues to see suicides taking place on its right-of-way, leading the agency to address what it considers a complex public-health issue.

“We are experts at running a railroad, we are not experts at preventing suicide. But by working closely with the mental health community, we have learned from experts that suicide can be prevented,” Caltrain Executive Officer of Public Affairs Mark Simon said in a statement.

There have been an average of 14 fatalities per year on the Caltrain right-of-way in the past five years, 90 percent of those attributed to suicide, agency officials said.

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