Railways to take action on suicides

Railway operator ProRail is to take extra steps to reduce the number of suicides by people who jump in front of trains – currently running at four a week, the Volkskrant reports.

Psychiatrist Cornelis van Houwelingen has found that there is a higher risk of suicide on railway tracks close to mental health institutions and has identified 60 danger areas.
ProRail is now installing fences, surveillance cameras and lighting in an effort to reduce the numbers.
Houwelingen told the paper at least two-thirds of railway suicides have known psychiatric problems and act impulsively. β€˜It is important to stop that impulse,’ he said.

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