More people commit suicide by train
Monday 10 December 2012
In 2011, 215 people committed suicide by throwing themselves in front of a train and 26 people tried to do so, according to new transport ministry figures.
Despite efforts to reduce access to the railways and increase surveillance near popular suicide spots, the number of deaths has gone up by 31% over the past eight years, the figures show.
Last year, psychiatrist Cornelis van Houwelingen found there is a higher risk of suicide on railway tracks close to mental health institutions and identified 60 danger areas.
ProRail said at the time it was installing fences, surveillance cameras and lighting in an effort to reduce the numbers.
Houwelingen told the Volkskrant at least two-thirds of railway suicides have known psychiatric problems and act impulsively. ‘It is important to stop that impulse,’ he said.